Developing screw piles for offshore renewable energy application

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This paper details the work undertaken at the University of Dundee in the last 5 years to develop understanding of screw piles to allow them to be deployed offshore as an alternative foundation type to driven piles used in jacket structures. This has been prompted by several UK and European funded research initiatives to develop silent foundation techniques to mitigate affects on marine mammals and other animals. Current mitigation systems also have significant associated costs and questionable environmental credentials. Prior to starting this work, it was recognized that development would not progress unless the ability to predict installation requirements did not form an early part of the research investigation. This then led to investigation of methods to reduce installation requirements and development of new design approaches for the required new screw pile geometries. This paper details the progress of these investigations which are still ongoing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Offshore Geotechnics
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of ISOG2019
EditorsSumanta Haldar, Shantanu Patra, Ravindra K. Ghanekar
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789811568329
ISBN (Print)9789811568312
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventFirst International Workshop on Future Applications of Screw Piles - IIT Bhubaneshwar, Bhubaneshwar, India
Duration: 5 Dec 20197 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


ConferenceFirst International Workshop on Future Applications of Screw Piles
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    Optimisation of screw anchor lateral capacity in sand for offshore renewable energy applications

    Cerfontaine, B., Brown, M., Knappett, J., Davidson, C. & Sharif, Y., Sep 2020, Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics. Deep Foundations Institute, 3451

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • Physical modelling to demonstrate the feasibility of screw piles for offshore jacket supported wind energy structures

    Davidson, C., Brown, M., Cerfontaine, B., Knappett, J., Brennan, A., Al-Baghdadi, T., Augarde, C., Coombs, W. M., Wang, L., Blake, A., Richards, D. & Ball, J. D., 15 Sep 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Geotechnique.

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    Open Access
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    Student Theses

    Screw piles as offshore foundations : Numerical and physical modelling

    Author: Al-Baghdadi, T., 2018

    Supervisor: Brown, M. (Supervisor) & Knappett, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


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    Brown, M. J., Davidson, C., Cerfontaine, B., Ciantia, M., Knappett, J., & Brennan, A. (2020). Developing screw piles for offshore renewable energy application. In S. Haldar, S. Patra, & R. K. Ghanekar (Eds.), Advances in Offshore Geotechnics: Proceedings of ISOG2019 (pp. 101-119). (Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering; Vol. 92). Springer .