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Title: Influence of Frequency on the Behaviour of Plate Anchors Subjected to Cyclic Loading
Authors: Singh, S P
Ramaswamy, S V
Keywords: anchor capacity
anchor movement
cyclic loading
cyclic stiffness
plate anchor
soft soil
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Marine Georesources & Geotechnology, Volume 26 No 1, pages 36 - 50
Abstract: This article reports the response of embedded circular plate anchors to varying frequencies of cyclic loading. The effects of time period of loading cycles and pre-loading on movement of anchors and post-cyclic monotonic pullout behavior are studied using a model circular (80mm diameter) plate anchor, buried at embedment ratio of six in a soft saturated clay. The frequencies of loading cycles have showed considerable effect on movement of ancors. For given duration of loading, higher frequency cycles cause more movement of anchor than lower frequency cycles. Pre-loading reduces the movement of anchors in subsequent loading stages. When anchors are recycled at a load ratio level less than the pre-cycling load, the movement of anchor in recycling phase are very much reduced, but if the recycling is done at a higher load ratio level, the effect is not that much pronounced and the anchors behave as if they were not subjected to any cycling load in the past. Anchor subjected to cyclic loading and then monotonic pullout shows an increase in initial stiffness, whereas the peak pullout load was found to decrease marginally over that of an anchor not subjected to any cyclic loading. For the present test conditions, the relative post-cyclic stiffness of anchors is found to vary from 1.169 to 1.327.
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