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Earth pressure on caissons in marine clay under cyclic loading
Srirama Narasimha Rao
Published in
2007
Volume: 25
   
Issue: 1
Pages: 15 - 35
Abstract
Coastal protection is proposed to be made out of a contiguous caisson type of wall. These caissons can be designed to resist both lateral static and cyclic loading. With adequate depth of embedment, the walls can be designed to offer significant lateral passive resistance to counteract the lateral static and cyclic loading arising out of wave action. This article describes a set of laboratory tests on model caissons embedded into soft marine clay with different embedment depths. Specially designed earth pressure cells are embedded into the caisson at different depths. A pneumatic system was used to apply lateral static and cyclic loading. Test beds were prepared conforming to soft clay conditions in a test tank of appropriate size. The test results reveal that with this type of arrangement the variation in earth pressure with depth can be conveniently established. The earth pressure developed is related to the lateral load applied. The depth at which the maximum earth pressure occurs is same for both static and cyclic loading. Further, under cyclic loading there is no failure encountered even under cyclic loading level corresponding to 0.9 times the ultimate static lateral capacity.
About the journal
JournalMarine Georesources and Geotechnology
ISSN1064119X
Open AccessNo
Concepts (16)
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    Caissons
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    Clay
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    Cyclic loads
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    Failure (mechanical)
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    Pressure
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    Water waves
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    CYCLIC LOAD RATIO
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    Cyclic loading
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    Earth pressure
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    EMBEDMENT DEPTH RATIO
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    LIQUIDITY INDEX
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    LOAD ECCENTRICITY RATIO
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    Marine clay
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    OCEAN STRUCTURES
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    CAISSON
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    LOADING TEST