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EPSRC Reference: EP/W020807/1
Title: SOURCE: Improved insitu Stiffness measurements for Offshore foundation design considering Uncertainty, Repeatability and Common sources of Error
Principal Investigator: Buckley, Dr R
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Project Partners:
Cambridge Insitu DNV GL AS Fugro Geoconsulting Limited
Georgia Institute of Technology In Situ Site Investigation Robertson Geologging Ltd
RSK Environmental Ltd Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd
Department: College of Science and Engineering
Organisation: University of Glasgow
Scheme: New Investigator Award
Starts: 01 May 2022 Ends: 30 April 2024 Value (£): 414,092
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Ground Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
08 Feb 2022 Engineering Prioritisation Panel Meeting 8 and 9 February 2022 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The UK is the world leader in offshore wind energy; almost 40% of global capacity is installed in UK waters. A new ambitious target of 40GW of wind power by 2030 aims to produce sufficient offshore wind capacity to power every home, helping to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Offshore wind turbine (OWT) foundations, which are typically steel monopiles, contribute approximately 25% to a windfarm's capital cost. The size of OWTs is increasing rapidly and continued optimisation of foundation design is paramount. Recent research has led to significant advances through theoretical developments combined with high-quality field-testing. Despite recent advances, there remains significant uncertainty in the measurement and interpretation of key soil deformation parameters that underpin new and existing design approaches.

The central aim of SOURCE is to use rigorous measurement and interpretation in the field and laboratory to quantify and reduce material parameter uncertainty and minimise the impact on the predictive capability of OWT foundation design methods. Improved site characterisation will contribute to increased security in design, lowering capital costs, subsidies and carbon emissions and meeting the UK's ambitious new energy targets.
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