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Reliability-Based Design of Wind Turbine Foundations: Geotechnical Site Assessment

Author: Sarah Firouzianbandpey, Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University

e-ISBN: 9788793379947

doi: https://doi.org/10.13052/rp-9788793379947

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The overall aim of the present PhD thesis is to facilitate a low-cost foundation design for future offshore wind farms by focusing on the geotechnical site assessment. The topic of the thesis is the development of reliable analysis methods for assessing the data obtained by cone penetration tests (CPT) and seismic cone penetration tests (CPTu).

The main objectives of this PhD thesis are as follows

  • Conducting several cone penetration tests in different sites and estimating the soil type of the region using various soil classification charts by considering an inherent uncertainty for the model and method verification using laboratory classification test results on samples retrieved from bore-holes.
  • Comparing the results for the purpose of choosing the best method compatible with the soil type of the region as a case study. This help engineers to find the best compatible classification method for the soil in high cost projects.
  • Performing several seismic cone penetration tests in both sand and clay and analyzing data: Two seismic analysis methods are employed to estimate the shear wave velocities. The results are further compared and verified with the measurements of shear wave velocity achieved from SCPTu tests.
  • Estimating the anisotropic spatial correlation length of two sandy sites in northern Denmark, using statistical trends and correlations, and interpolating soil properties at unsampled locations of cone data.
  • Creating random field models to deal with uncertainty in soil properties due to the spatial variability. This is achieved by analysing some in-situ cone penetration test (CPT) data from a sandy site in the region. In order to provide a best estimate of properties between observation points in the random field, a Kriging interpolation approach has been applied to interpolate between known borehole data.


Cone penetration test, Soil classification, Reliability, Random field, Geotechnical site assessment

List of Publications for PhD:

CPTu-based Geotechnical Site Assessment for Offshore Wind Turbines-a Case Study from the Aarhus Site in Denmark, Firouzianbandpey, S., Ibsen, L.B., Andersen and L.V. Selecte. In Twenty-second International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, Rhodes, Greeced proceedings from the Annual Transport Conference at Aalborg . ITwenty-second International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference, Rhodes, Greece, 2012. 2012, Citations

Geotechnical Site Assessment by Seismic Piezocone Test in the North of Denmark, Firouzianbandpey, S., Nielsen, B.N., Andersen, L.V., Ibsen and L.B. Seventh International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering, Wheeling, IL. Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2013. 2013, Citations

Estimation of soil type behavior based on shear wave velocity and normalized cone data in the north of Denmark, Firouzianbandpey, S., Ibsen, L.B., Andersen and L.V. 3rd International Symposium on Cone Penetration Testing, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 2014, Citations

Spatial correlation length of normalized cone data in sand: case study in the north of Denmark, Firouzianbandpey, S., Griffiths, D. V., Ibsen, Lars Bo., Andersen, and L. V. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Vol. 51, No. 8, pp. 844-857. 2014, Citations

Effect of spatial correlation length on the interpretation of normalized CPT data using a Kriging approach, Firouzianbandpey, S., Ibsen, L.B., Griffiths, D.V., Vahdatirad, M. J., Andersen, L.V., S?rensen and J. D Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (ASCE). 2014, Citations