Publication Abstract

DFI Journal: Vol III: 2 Issues (No. 1 May 2009 and No. 2 Nov 2009), (DFI)

Suction Piles and Suction Anchors for Offshore Structures (Vol. 3 No. 2)
S. Bang; K.D. Jones; Y. Cho; D.J. Kwag

In recent years, suction piles and suction anchors have been used as underwater foundations for various offshore structures. They have been proven very versatile, effective, and environmentally friendly. This paper describes the load resisting mechanism, installation, and design of suction piles and suction anchors. Also included are brief descriptions of three offshore structures that have recently been constructed using suction piles and suction anchors. They include: a new breakwater system utilizing gravity-type concrete caisson superstructure on top of concrete suction piles; a floating breakwater system utilizing embedded suction anchors; and a foundation system utilizing suction piles for temporary mooring of underwater tunnel elements.

 article #1695; publication #1002 (DFIJ-III)