Dynamic lateral response of suction caissons

Chiara Latini, Varvara Zania

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    Deeper water installations of offshore wind turbines may be supported by jacket structures. This study investigates the dynamic response of suction caissons for jackets by analysing 3D finite element models in the frequency domain. The numerical modelling was firstly validated by analytical solutions for pile foundations. Groups of crucial dimensionless parameters related to the soil profile and the foundation geometry are identified and their effects on the response of suction caissons are studied. Static stiffness coefficients are presented in a form of mathematical formulas obtained by fitting the numerical results, pertaining foundations with different slenderness ratios and embedded in different soil profiles. Sensitivity of the dynamic impedances of suction caissons on the skirt length was showed in this study. Moreover, the results for the suction caissons indicated that the overall dynamic response is profoundly affected by the relative thickness of the soil layer and by the variation of soil stiffness with depth.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
    Pages (from-to)59-71
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • Soil–structure–interaction
    • Dynamic stiffness
    • Damping
    • Floating foundations
    • Suction caissons
    • Numerical modelling
    • Site effects


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