Optimising the compressive behaviour of screw piles in sand for marine renewable energy applications

Jonathan A. Knappett (Lead / Corresponding author), Michael J. Brown, Andrew J. Brennan, Lewis Hamilton

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    Abstract

    This paper investigates the compressive behaviour of screw piles in sands and the key design parameters which control this. These types of foundation elements have typically been used as screw anchors onshore (i.e. for their tensile capacity), but there is increasing interest in their potential use as compression piles for supporting offshore marine renewable energy (MRE) devices (e.g. wind and tidal turbines) in deeper water. For such foundation applications, the compressive capacity is as important as the tensile capacity and is not well understood, particularly in cohesionless soils which are a likely seabed condition in MRE applications. A 1-g laboratory study was initially conducted on small scale model screw piles in sand beds of various relative density between 25 – 88%. These experiments were used to validate a Finite Element (FE) model having a stress-dependent constitutive model, making it useful for future up-scaling of the pile size for field applications. Following validation, the FE model was used to conduct a parametric study on the effects of flange spacing ratio (s/Dflange) and flange to shaft diameter ratio (Dflange/Dshaft). By using a validated FE model for this study, it was possible to observe the failure mechanisms (through the shear strain distribution) within the soil and correlate these with the pile capacity. This information was then used to comment on the most optimal (cost-effective) pile design for supporting compressive loads. This study represents a key step towards producing design tools appropriate for the design of screw piles in MRE applications.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings-DFI/EFFC 11th International Conference on Piling and Deep Foundations
    PublisherDeep Foundations Institute
    Number of pages10
    VolumeIC-2014
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventDFI/EFFC 11th International Conference on Piling and Deep Foundations - Stockholm Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
    Duration: 21 May 201423 May 2014
    https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=1221506

    Conference

    ConferenceDFI/EFFC 11th International Conference on Piling and Deep Foundations
    CountrySweden
    CityStockholm
    Period21/05/1423/05/14
    Internet address

    Keywords

    • Screw piles
    • Renewable energy foundations
    • Renewable resource
    • Sand

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  • Research Output

    • 4 Conference contribution

    CPT Based Design Procedure for Installation Torque Prediction for Screw Piles Installed in Sand

    Al-Baghdadi, T., Davidson, C., Brown, M., Knappett, J., Brennan, A., Augarde, C. E., Coombs, W. M., Wang, L., Richards, D. & Blake, A., 12 Sep 2017, Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics: Smarter Solutions for Future Offshore Developments: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference, held 12–14 September 2017 at the Royal Geographical Society, London. Society for Underwater Technology, Vol. 1-2. p. 346-353

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

  • Implicit MPM with second-order convected particle domain interpolation

    Wang, L., Coombs, W. M., Augarde, C. E. & Brown, M., Apr 2017, Proceedings of the 25th UKACM Conference on Computational Mechanics. Faramarzi, A. & Dirar, S. (eds.). United Kingdom: University of Birmingham, p. 264-267 4 p.

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

  • Modelling of laterally loaded screw piles with large helical plates in sand

    Al-Baghdadi, T. A., Brown, M. J., Knappett, J. A. & Ishikura, R., 2015, Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics III - Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics, ISFOG 2015. Meyer, V. (ed.). Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press/Balkema, Vol. 1. p. 503-508 6 p.

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

  • Activities

    • 1 Invited talk

    ICE Northern Geotechnical Group: Annual seminar, Piling

    Michael Brown (Invited speaker)

    1 Nov 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Cite this

    Knappett, J. A., Brown, M. J., Brennan, A. J., & Hamilton, L. (2014). Optimising the compressive behaviour of screw piles in sand for marine renewable energy applications. In Proceedings-DFI/EFFC 11th International Conference on Piling and Deep Foundations (Vol. IC-2014). [1904] Deep Foundations Institute. http://www.dfi.org/pubdetail.asp?id=1904