Theoretical background of PLAXIS MoDeTo: The PISA project

08 November 2018

PLAXIS MoDeTo implements the PISA design method for the design of monopile foundations for offshore wind turbines, including large diameter monopiles.

The PISA joint-industry project (Phase 1: 2013-2016; Phase 2: 2017-2018) was a research study on the development of new design procedures for monopile foundations for offshore wind turbine applications. The project consisted of field testing, numerical modelling and design model development. The research was conducted by an Academic Work Group drawn from the University of Oxford, Imperial College London and University College Dublin and was conducted in collaboration with a range of project partners. One outcome of this study is a one dimensional (1D) design model, based on the use of Timoshenko beam theory, that overcomes certain limitations of existing methods.

The broad scope of the PISA joint industry project is summarised in recent publications:

PISA Phase 1: General description and methodology

PISA Phase 2: Layered soils extension

Field tests

Validations and applications: Homogeneous soils

Validations and applications: Layered soils

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