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Effects of Pile-Soil Interaction on Push-Over Analysis of Jacket Type Offshore Platforms

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B. Asgarian, M. Lesani

K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Paper No. OMAE2006-92249, pp. 263-270; 8 pages
  • 25th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 1: Offshore Technology; Offshore Wind Energy; Ocean Research Technology; LNG Specialty Symposium
  • Hamburg, Germany, June 4–9, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4746-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3777-7
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


Pushover analysis is performed to determine the capacity of jacket type offshore structures subjected to lateral loads. Overall behavior of the platform in the nonlinear range of deformation can be observed from pushover analysis results. This analysis can be used for the platform capacity assessment. For performing pushover analysis, nonlinear behavior of structural elements and lateral load pattern should be obtained. Both displacement and load control type of the analysis can be performed. One of the important aspects of pushover analysis is the non-linear behavior of the underlying soil and its interaction with the pile. In this paper pushover analysis of sample jacket type offshore platforms considering pile soil interaction (PSI) is performed. In the pushover analysis performed, fiber elements are used for the modeling of the member and soil nonlinearities. Actual soil layer properties, which have been derived from geotechnical reports, are incorporated in the model using fiber elements of “DRAIN-3DX” software. Each soil layer is presented by an equivalent fiber element, having the same characteristics of the relevant soil. The pile structure from top elevation until its tip together with other jacket components including the legs and braces are also introduced by fiber elements. Push over analysis is performed for the platforms subjected to wave load pattern. In order to compare the Pile-Soil Interaction (PSI) effects, all of the analyses are also performed using fixed and pinned pile ends at mud line elevation and pile stubs. The significance of the Pile-Soil Interaction and soil non-linear behavior is pointed out from this comparison and analysis results.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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