Numerical investigation of novel dynamic installed fish anchors in clay and calcareous silt

This paper reports the results from three-dimensional dynamic finite element analysis undertaken to provide insight into the behaviour of a novel dynamically installed anchor (DIA), termed as fish DIA, during dynamic installation and monotonic pullout in non-homogeneous clay and calcareous silt. The fish DIA has an elliptic-shaped shaft, which reduces hydrodynamic drag resistance. The shaft is shaped to be thicker near the head to lower the mass centroid, and increase its diving potential with a specialised padeye position. A series of large deformation finite element analyses have been carried out considering the relevant range of parameters in terms of soil undrained shear strength; impact velocity, padeye offset ratio and pullout angle. Considering the difference in soil undrained shear strength, and DIA dimensions and mass; overall anchor tip embedment depths of the fish DIA lied in the range of that of the OMNI-Max DIA. The tracked anchor trajectory confirmed that, compared to the OMNI-Max DIA, the fish DIA dove deeper and earlier for a wide range of padeye offset ratio. These are more critical and beneficial for calcareous silt where the achieved embedment depths are generally lower compared to those in clay.

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  • Accession Number: 01680949
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 26 2018 3:07PM