Advanced Laboratory Setup for Testing Offshore Foundations

Søren Dam Nielsen, Lars Bo Ibsen, Benjaminn Nordahl Nielsen

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This paper describes a test setup for testing small-scale offshore foundations under realistic conditions of high pore-water pressure and high impact loads. The actuator, used for loading has enough capacity to apply sufficient force and displacement to achieve both drained and undrained failure modes for small-scale offshore foundations. Results from trial tests on two small-scale bucket foundations, subjected to transient or cyclic loading, are presented. Tests showed that cavitation limits the undrained bearing capacity. Hence, a high pore-water pressure is important for simulating offshore conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberGTJ20150135
JournalGeotechnical Testing Journal
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)543-556
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • 1g physical modeling
  • Cyclic loading
  • Offshore foundation
  • Pressure tank
  • Small-scale test facility
  • Transient loading

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