Offshore wind turbine monopile foundations: Design perspectives

Perspectives on design of offshore wind turbine (OWT) monopile foundations are provided in this paper by logically adopting optimal analysis choices with a balance between accuracy and computational efficiency. A newly developed analysis framework is used for this purpose. The analysis framework consists of dynamic analysis with linear viscoelastic soil and static analysis with nonlinear elastic soil. The framework is used to show that the Timoshenko beam theory produces most accurate monopile response although the Euler-Bernoulli beam theory produces optimal results maintaining a balance between accuracy and computational efficiency. The rigid beam theory can be used only under very restricted soil and monopile conditions. The analysis further demonstrates that static analysis is sufficient and optimal in producing monopile-soil stiffness values that can be used for determining the natural frequency of vibration of the OWTs. Moreover, nonlinear elastic analysis is sufficiently accurate and quick to produce monopile responses that can be used in design and there is no need for elasto-plastic analysis. The aspect of cyclic degradation of soil stiffness over the design life of monopiles is not considered. Thus, an optimal pathway for monopile design is described using the newly developed analysis framework and demonstrated through a design example.


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  • Accession Number: 01748145
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 20 2020 2:03PM