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Installation and Pull-Out Capacities of Drag-In Plate Anchors

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Sarah Elkhatib, Breyden Lonnie, Mark Randolph

University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA, Australia

Paper No. OMAE2002-28631, pp. 879-887; 9 pages
  • ASME 2002 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 21st International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Volume 1
  • Oslo, Norway, June 23–28, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3611-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3599-5
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The trend towards taut-wire mooring systems, instead of catenary chains, to anchor floating facilities for offshore exploration requires high-capacity anchoring systems capable of withstanding vertical loading components. Conventional drag anchors have very limited vertical capacity, and this has led to the development of alternative drag-in plate anchors, or vertically loaded anchors (VLAs). VLAs are installed in a similar way to conventional drag anchors, but they are ultimately loaded normal to their plate surface, and thus act like embedded plate anchors. A critical issue in the overall mooring system design is the ratio of the pull-out load to the anchor installation load, and this is termed the performance ratio. The performance of a model VLA was modelled in a geotechnical centrifuge, with particular attention to the performance ratios. Whilst the performance ratios obtained were much lower than expected, the testing proved that VLAs provide a simple and inexpensive alternative to other anchoring systems.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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