Journal article

Geotechnical Centrifuge Investigation of the Effectiveness of a Novel Spudcan in Easing Spudcan-Footprint Interactions

MJ Jun, YH Kim, MS Hossain, MJ Cassidy, Y Hu, SG Park

Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering | ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers | Published : 2020


The interaction between a spudcan and an existing footprint is one of the major concerns during the reinstallation of jack-up rigs. This paper reports the results from a series of centrifuge model tests undertaken to assess the efficiency of a recently developed novel spudcan shape with a flat base and four holes through the base to ease spudcan-footprint interactions. The experimental program was carried out at 200 g in a beam centrifuge. The footprints were created either manually using a cutting tool or through spudcan penetration and extraction allowing a typical operation period as well as an elapsed time prior to reinstallation. While the former allowed a consistent evaluation of the b..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The research presented herein was undertaken with support from the Australian Research Council (ARC) through Linkage Project LP140100066. The work forms part of the activities of the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems, currently supported as a node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering and as a Centre of Excellence by the Lloyd's Register Foundation. This support is gratefully acknowledged, as is the assistance of the beam centrifuge technicians, Mr. Manuel Palacios and Mr. Adam Stubbs.