Research Papers: Offshore Geotechnics

Reliability Analysis of Piles in Multilayer Soil in Mooring Dolphin Structures

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Reda Farag

Department of Structures and
Metallic Construction,
Housing and Building Research Center,
Giza 11511, Egypt
e-mail: red_bordany@yahoo.com

Achintya Haldar

Department of Civil Engineering
and Engineering Mechanics,
The University of Arizona,
Tucson, AZ 85721
e-mail: haldar@u.arizona.edu

Mahmoud El-Meligy

Department of Structural Engineering,
Mansoura University,
Dakahlia 35516, Egypt
e-mail: eggroup_egypt@yahoo.com

Contributed by the Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF OFFSHORE MECHANICS AND ARCTIC ENGINEERING. Manuscript received March 12, 2015; final manuscript received May 5, 2016; published online June 3, 2016. Assoc. Editor: Kazuhiro Iijima.

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 138(5), 052001 (Jun 03, 2016) (10 pages) Paper No: OMAE-15-1026; doi: 10.1115/1.4033578 History: Received March 12, 2015; Revised May 05, 2016

Reliability of complicated mooring dolphin structures (MDS) is estimated using few deterministic evaluations and an improved response surface method denoted as IRSM-second-order reliability method (SORM). It is a hybrid approach consisting of an IRSM, SORM, and several advanced factorial schemes. For this type of sophisticated analysis, simulation-based algorithm is impractical to implement. The concept is applied to estimate the risk of an existing MDS at the shore of Nile Delta. It is a large diameter steel-pile embedded in the sea bed. The Pile–Soil-System is represented by a nonlinear finite element model (NLFEM). In NLFEM, the steel pile is assumed to behave linearly under the considered working loads, but the soil is considered to behave nonlinearly. Moreover, the contact nonlinearity between the pile and the soil is taken into account. It is demonstrated that the reliability information on MDS can be extracted using tens of deterministic evaluations. It has been found that incorporation of the contact nonlinearity into analysis has no effect on the pile behavior. In the probabilistic analysis, the uncertainties in loading, material properties, and geometric details are taken into account. Both operational and structural limit states are considered. For the MDS considered in this study, it has been observed that the strength limit state (flexural) is more critical than the operational limit state (drift). The most important variables are the mooring loads, the radius and thickness of the pile, and the modulus of elasticity of steel.

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Typical mooring pattern and mooring loads

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Fig. 2

Principal ship dimensions

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Fig. 3

Steel-pipe-pile system, suggested FEs

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Fig. 4

The efficiency of different schemes

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Fig. 5

Profile of MD3/MD4, coast of Nile Delta

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Fig. 6

Determination of soil domain of interest

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Fig. 7

Drift, moment, and shear force of the steel pile



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