Caisson foundations, typically adopted for both onshore and offshore structures, are usually subject to combined loading acting during working conditions and exceptional events such as earthquakes. Assessment of their performance under general loadings is therefore fundamental, for both serviceability and ultimate limit states. In this study, a simplified displacement-based approach, aimed at preliminary designing caisson foundations subjected to combined loading, is presented. Such an approach requires the definition of both interaction domains (IDs) and generalised pushover curves, together with the assumption of an associative flow rule. The IDs and pushover curves are obtained by interpreting the results of a set of 3D finite element nonlinear static analyses, where the response of massive cylindrical onshore caisson foundations, embedded in a layered soil profile and subjected to both centred vertical (N) and combined loads (N–Q–M), is investigated. Following previous works, the influence of initial loading factor and caisson embedment ratio on both IDs shape and size is investigated. Additionally, the effect of soil drainage conditions on the IDs is discussed. Role of load reference point (LRP) is also assessed, since a suitable choice of LRP may strongly simplify the geometrical representation of the ID. Analytical expressions for dimensionless IDs and pushover curves are presented and used at a preliminary design stage to evaluate the maximum generalised load acting on the caisson for a given threshold generalised displacement, so as not to exceed either serviceability or ultimate limit states.

Use of interaction domains for a displacement-based design of caisson foundations / Rosati, A.; Gaudio, D.; di Prisco, C.; Rampello, S.. - In: ACTA GEOTECHNICA. - ISSN 1861-1125. - 18:1(2023), pp. 445-468. [10.1007/s11440-022-01547-z]

Use of interaction domains for a displacement-based design of caisson foundations

Rosati A.
Primo
;
Gaudio D.
Secondo
;
Rampello S.
Ultimo
2023

Abstract

Caisson foundations, typically adopted for both onshore and offshore structures, are usually subject to combined loading acting during working conditions and exceptional events such as earthquakes. Assessment of their performance under general loadings is therefore fundamental, for both serviceability and ultimate limit states. In this study, a simplified displacement-based approach, aimed at preliminary designing caisson foundations subjected to combined loading, is presented. Such an approach requires the definition of both interaction domains (IDs) and generalised pushover curves, together with the assumption of an associative flow rule. The IDs and pushover curves are obtained by interpreting the results of a set of 3D finite element nonlinear static analyses, where the response of massive cylindrical onshore caisson foundations, embedded in a layered soil profile and subjected to both centred vertical (N) and combined loads (N–Q–M), is investigated. Following previous works, the influence of initial loading factor and caisson embedment ratio on both IDs shape and size is investigated. Additionally, the effect of soil drainage conditions on the IDs is discussed. Role of load reference point (LRP) is also assessed, since a suitable choice of LRP may strongly simplify the geometrical representation of the ID. Analytical expressions for dimensionless IDs and pushover curves are presented and used at a preliminary design stage to evaluate the maximum generalised load acting on the caisson for a given threshold generalised displacement, so as not to exceed either serviceability or ultimate limit states.
2023
3D finite element analysis; Bearing strength surface; Caisson foundation; Combined loading; Failure mechanism; Plasticity
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Use of interaction domains for a displacement-based design of caisson foundations / Rosati, A.; Gaudio, D.; di Prisco, C.; Rampello, S.. - In: ACTA GEOTECHNICA. - ISSN 1861-1125. - 18:1(2023), pp. 445-468. [10.1007/s11440-022-01547-z]
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