Deep water quay walls: design & construction to accommodate 21st century container vessels

Burrows, Andrew (2013) Deep water quay walls: design & construction to accommodate 21st century container vessels. BEng dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The aim of this study concerns with the specification and design of a deep-water quay wall at the Port of Felixstowe using the fixed earth support method.
    A research procedure is followed; firstly investigating the growth of container vessels over time in respect to draft, as correlation between capacity and draft determines dredged depth specification of a quay wall design. Secondly a site investigation at the Port of Felixstowe is undertaken to determine the existing quay wall infrastructure specification and the methods of construction, tidal conditions and geological conditions for this project. analysis of tidal and geological data sets provides further design parameters along with the required dredged depth determined through the analysis of ship growth trends.
    A section modulus is determined by modelling the deep-water quay wall as a fixed earth anchored retaining wall following established retaining wall design procedures in line with design codes. The use of scaled plots and diagrams provides a model to help understand the systems behaviour when constructed (based upon shear, bending moment and deflection).
    The results of retaining wall design not only provide the required quay wall specification for the Port of Felixstowe as established in this project, but can also be used to specify any number of alternative solutions leaving scope for alternative deep-water quay wall designs.
    The value of this project is substantial as it contributes to existing research already conducted in the field of study. Existing growth trends enable a much deeper dredged depth to be established beyond existing designs and predictions that will enhance the long term service life of the system long into the future, something that has not been achieved in other studies or designs.
    Although a theoretical solution to combat increasing vessel size, the designed solution is real. Applied in practice the design will work for it meets design requirements and parameters found at the Port of Felixstowe for deep-water container vessels of the future.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2014 13:52
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:33

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