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The use of tubular steel piles driven into the sea bed to secure or anchor offshore platforms or berthing facilities is practised worldwide. Impact driving in excess of 10 000 blows may be used to install the piles, and it was generally assumed that the driving process was deleterious and should be considered in calculating fatigue life. In an earlier programme of work the fatigue properties of thin-walled butt-welded tubular test pieces were studied. The aim of work contained in this report was to build upon the information and techniques established earlier, but using nominally identical piling in both a driven and non-driven form. In order that as much information as possible could be gained from the work, the evaluation encompassed two piling wall thicknesses (19 mm and 30 mm), each containing two weld types (single V and double V).

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Authors: PRIEST A, British Steel, Swinden Technology Centre, Rotherham (GB);HARRIS D, British Steel, Swinden Technology Centre, Rotherham (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17853 EN (1997) 54pp., FS, ECU 10.00
Availability: Available from the (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-1890-X
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