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A Feasibility Study for Using Fishnet to Protect Offshore Wind Turbine Monopile Foundations from Damage by Scouring

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Wenxian YangORCiD



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Offshore wind turbine monopile foundations are subjected to complex wind, wave, and flow coupling effects, which result in seabed scouring around the monopile. The consequent scour pits threaten the reliability, safety, and load-carrying capacity of the monopile. In order to develop a cost-effective measure to mitigate such an issue, a new countermeasure device, named “fishnet”, is studied in this paper using a combined approach of numerical simulations and experimental tests. In the research, the size of the fishnet, diameter of the fishnet thread, and the installation height of the fishnet were optimized in order to achieve the best protection to the monopile foundation. In the paper, both numerical simulations and laboratory tests proved the effectiveness of the proposed “fishnet” in reducing the scour around the wind turbine monopile foundations. Moreover, its contribution to erosion reduction can be further enhanced via optimization. It was found that, after optimization, the maximum shear force on the seabed could be reduced by 14% in the numerical study, and the maximum depth of the scour pit could be reduced by 38.2% in laboratory tests.

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Author(s): Yang B, Wei K, Yang W, Li T, Qin B, Ning L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Applied Sciences

Year: 2019

Volume: 9

Issue: 23

Online publication date: 21/11/2019

Acceptance date: 18/11/2019

Date deposited: 21/11/2019

ISSN (electronic): 2076-3417

Publisher: MDPI AG


DOI: 10.3390/app9235023


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