Simplified model for the stiffness of suction caisson foundations under 6 DOF loading

Suryasentana, SK and Byrne, BW and Burd, HJ and Shonberg, A; (2017) Simplified model for the stiffness of suction caisson foundations under 6 DOF loading. In: Offshore Site Investigation Geotechnics 8th International Conference Proceeding. Society for Underwater Technology, GBR, pp. 554-561. ISBN 9780906940570 (

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