oa Civil Engineer in South Africa - A novel type of soil anchor - general description and comparison of predicted capacity with test results

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0009-7845



This paper contains a general description of a soil anchor of novel design whose technical development programme is now complete. Although this anchor, called the QMC-anchor, is designed mainly for offshore applications, it can and will be used for on-land applications also.

During the development process extensive field trials were undertaken; elaborate computer model studies were also performed in order to determine the driveability characteristics of the anchor. Both these aspects have been discussed in some detail. A good degree of correlation was achieved between the observed and predicted performances of the anchor.

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