Study of the behavior of offshore wind turbine monopiles under monotonic and cyclic lateral loading

Sanae Ahayan, Panagiotis Kotronis, Zhen Yu Yin, Benjamin Cerfontaine, Frédéric Collin

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This chapter presents a study on the behaviour of monopiles for offshore wind turbines under lateral loading, with a special focus on monopiles grounded in clayey soils. It considers a one-way cyclic loading in order to analyze the effect of cyclical accumulation on force- displacement curves of monopiles. The chapter is based on an anisotropic constitutive law, the influence of both types of anisotropy has been studied. It dedicates to the numerical analysis of the monopile. The chapter discusses two cases of monotonic and cyclic lateral loading in order to study the effect of different aspects of soil behaviour in p-y reaction curves. Two-dimensional modeling in the plane deformation state is then only valid for the second failure mechanism. Pile monotonic loading is controlled in displacement. It consists of applying a lateral displacement to the section of the pile with a constant rate of up to 10% of the diameter of the pile.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRisk Evaluation And Climate Change Adaptation Of Civil Engineering Infrastructures And Buildings
Subtitle of host publicationProject RI-ADAPTCLIM
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781119671428
ISBN (Print)9781786304865
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2019


  • Anisotropic constitutive law
  • Cyclic lateral loading
  • Offshore Wind Turbine Monopiles behaviour
  • One-way cyclic loading
  • Pile monotonic loading
  • Two-dimensional modelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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