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Structural Systems Offshore

Structural Systems Offshore

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While belled piles, on land, are used to decrease the bearing stress under a pile, offshore belled piles provide a large bearing area to increase tip
uplift resistance.

The main pile, normally driven, serves here as a casing through which a rig drills a slightly oversized hole ahead. A belling tool (underreamer)
then enlarges the socket to a conical bell with a base diameter a few times that of the main pile. A heavy reinforcement cage is lowered inside the
bell which is subsequently filled with concrete made using fine aggregate (maximum size 10mm).

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