Vertical holding capacity of torpedo anchors in underwater cohesive soils

Torpedo anchors are regarded as one of the most efficient mooring solutions for taut mooring systems and can withstand vertical loads. The estimation of the undrained pullout capacity of the anchors is vital for the design of offshore floating facilities. There have been some achievements obtained for the calculation of the holding capacity of a torpedo anchor via field tests, conventional model tests under one gravity, centrifuge tests with a high value of gravity acceleration and numerical tests. However, a simple and reliable formula is still required to calculate the holding capacity of a torpedo anchor. In this study, 240 sets of laboratory tests were performed, and 11 differently shaped model anchors, vertically embedded in a soft sedimentary bed, were pulled out vertically from different types of cohesive soils and different embedment depths. The characteristics of the loading curves were analyzed, and the relationship between the pullout capacities and properties of the anchors and types of soils were investigated. Based on force analysis and the laboratory data, a formula was proposed for the calculation of the undrained monotonic holding capacity of a torpedo anchor, which mainly depends on the embedded depth of the anchor, net weight, geometry, and in situ soil properties. The calculated vertical holding capacities were consistent with the laboratory and field data obtained by the authors and other scientists.

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  • Accession Number: 01672735
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 4 2018 2:02PM