ARC Centre of Excellence Geotechnical Science & Engineering

RHD Students

Wen Gao

RHD Students


Numerical analysis on spudcan foundations with large penetration into multilayered soils

Why my research is important

In the offshore engineering provinces and fields, highly layered soil profiles are prevalent. When a strong soil layer is underlain by a soft soil layer, the foundation may experience a peak resistance during penetration through the strong layer. After that, a sudden penetration may occur without any additional loading. This sudden penetration is termed ‘punch-through’ failure. This failure at the footing level can cause damage to the offshore structure being installed above.


  • University Postgraduate Award
  • Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems
  • ARC Discovery Projects