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Title: Lateral undrained capacity of a multiline ring anchor in clay
Offshore wind energy is an attractive alternative in pursuing the nation’s clean energy goals due to the significant demand for electricity in the coastal areas of the United States. Locating sites further offshore in deeper water can provide stronger, more consistent wind power resources and can mitigate aesthetic concerns. This motivates a need for improvements in the floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT) technology. As foundation costs comprise a significant fraction of the total cost for offshore wind power development, reducing the cost of the mooring system can play a significant role in making floating offshore wind economically competitive. Previous studies led to the development of a novel, efficient multiline ring anchor (MRA) system that can provide significant capital cost savings. Preliminary research shows that the MRA has a clear advantage under lateral loading by attaching wing plates to the cylindrical core of the anchor. In this study, two-dimensional finite-element (2D FE) analyses were performed to understand how wing plates affect the MRA performance under horizontal loading and provide reliable estimates of the ultimate load capacity. The results show the collapse mechanisms and bearing factors can be affected by width, the total number of wing plates, and load angles. This study also presents plastic limit analysis (PLA), based on the upper bound solution, to validate the 2D FE results by comparison and to confirm whether the postulated collapse mechanism was correct. The results obtained in the current study indicated that PLA can be a benchmark solution to evaluate the ultimate load capacity of the MRA with a satisfactory agreement with the FE-computed values.  more » « less
Award ID(s):
1936901
NSF-PAR ID:
10497633
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Publisher / Repository:
ASCE
Date Published:
Journal Name:
International journal of geomechanics
ISSN:
1532-3641
Format(s):
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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