Study on Suction Pile Heave Resonance

Experimental Study on Suction Pile Heave Resonance During Lowering Operations

SNAME, February 2010

Authors: L. Huang, D. Young, J. Zhang and R. Randall, all of the Ocean Engineering Program, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 77843-3136; and B. Wilde of Intermoor Inc, 900 Threadneedle, Suite 300, Houston, Texas, 77079

One of the challenges of installing a suction pile is the occurrence of the heave resonance of the pile-cable system during the pile lowering process. To predict and possibly mitigate the resonance of the system, it is crucial to accurately estimate the natural frequency from the total added-mass of the system. The objective of this study is to determine the total added-mass coefficient of a suction pile through model tests.

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