Deepwater environments raise higher demand on the bearing capacity of the drilling conductor below the mudline. To deal with this problem, a conductor bearing capacity enhancement device was designed. The setting capability of this device and its axial bearing capacity were analyzed with soil mechanics and pile theory. Furthermore, a calculation model was developed, and a numerical method was used to solve for the lateral capacity, coupled with drilling platform, riser, conductor, seabed soft soil, and the device. The result shows that proper setting depth of the device is primarily determined by the property of the soil, rather than the conductor jetting operation. Additionally, appropriate determination of the diameter and wall thickness (WT) of this device can greatly improve the lateral bearing capacity of the conductor.

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