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Analysis of torpedo anchors for mooring operations
S. Keerthi Raaj, , Nilanjan Saha
Published in Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Volume: 84
Pages: 149 - 159
A novel technique of dynamically installing torpedo-shaped anchors is investigated. A vast extent of uncertainties arises in pull-out capacity estimation due to the excessive tilt of a torpedo anchor during free-fall and subsequent embedment into the seafloor. This paper will investigate the issues encountered by the torpedo anchor during the vertical drop, which ultimately reduces the pull-out resistance. The pull-out resistance study offered by torpedo anchors is investigated using a finite element tool, PLAXIS 3D. A series of pull-out tests were conducted with anchors under four different ballast conditions (20, 40, 60 and 80%) with three chosen fin configurations (without fin, 3 fins and 4 fins). The anchors are tested for various inclinations (0°, 2.5°, 5°, 7.5° and 10°) and the effect of torpedo anchor tilt on pull-out resistance is studied, and the allowable range of anchor tilt was recommended. Thus, this study provides the benefit of ideal ballast and fins arrangements. © Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd 2020.
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