Location

Chicago, Illinois

Date

02 May 2013, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Abstract

Today, wind energy offers the most competitive production prices for renewable energy. Therefore there are strong political and industrial forces, especially in northern Europe, which support the development of the offshore wind industry. The present paper presents the results of drained tests on offshore bucket foundations for wind turbines in saturated dense sand. The bearing capacity of bucket foundations subject to combined loadings which are of interest particularly to the offshore geotechnical engineers, were calculated and found to be largely dependent on embedment ratios and load paths. Based on the results of the analyses, new failure criteria are calibrated for bucket foundations, in contrast to previous studies using the failure envelope approach which have suggested that yield surface is constant in shape.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Meeting Name

7th Conference of the International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2013 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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An Experimental Study of the Drained Capacity of Bucket Foundations for Offshore Applications

Chicago, Illinois

Today, wind energy offers the most competitive production prices for renewable energy. Therefore there are strong political and industrial forces, especially in northern Europe, which support the development of the offshore wind industry. The present paper presents the results of drained tests on offshore bucket foundations for wind turbines in saturated dense sand. The bearing capacity of bucket foundations subject to combined loadings which are of interest particularly to the offshore geotechnical engineers, were calculated and found to be largely dependent on embedment ratios and load paths. Based on the results of the analyses, new failure criteria are calibrated for bucket foundations, in contrast to previous studies using the failure envelope approach which have suggested that yield surface is constant in shape.