Meet the team who loves spinning around monopiles.
The monopile foundations of wind turbines are subject to repeated (cyclic) loading by wind and waves. These forces are transferred from the foundation to the supporting soil, in a way that may affect the stability of the whole system. As the longer-term impact of cyclic loads is not yet fully understood, monopiles still tend to be designed on the safe side. If we understood better this behaviour, we could improve the design of monopiles to obtain lower fabrication costs. Federico Pisanò (Delft University of Technology) and Maria Konstantinou (Deltares) explain how the Monopile Improved Design through Advanced cyclic Soil modelling project (MIDAS) is helping to achieve that.