Geotechnical centrifuge modelling and the energy transition – ‘same old same old’ or are there more foundation challenges on the horizon?

Phil Watson, Conleth O'Loughlin, Michael O'Neill, Colm O'Beirne, Francisco da Silva Pereira, Alessio Mentani, Avi Shonberg, Carl Erbrich, Sam Ingarfield, Han Eng Low

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Abstract

Geotechnical centrifuge modelling has (for decades) aided our understanding of real-world foundation behaviour. When used in combination with numerical/analytical analysis, the outcome is robust design practice. With world attention on the pursuit of renewable energy, including offshore wind, this paper explores the differentiators to oil and gas geotechnical engineering, outlines a framework to measure technology readiness, and argues that centrifuge modelling plays a key role in advancing individual technologies towards eventual deployment – as demonstrated through case studies at different stages of development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages948 - 961
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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