Design considerations of suction caisson foundations for offshore wind turbines in Southern China
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Original versionApplied Ocean Research. 2020, 104 . 10.1016/j.apor.2020.102358
Suction caisson foundations are increasingly considered as a foundation solution for offshore wind farm development in China. This paper outlines the design considerations for developing a suction caisson supported jacket solution for an offshore wind farm in Southern China. Geotechnical analyses for four major aspects, ultimate limit state (ULS), serviceability limit state (SLS), fatigue limit state (FLS) and installation are discussed. The design challenges encountered in the project due to soft seabed and metocean characteristics (severe typhoon loading and dominant wind directions) and technical approaches adopted by the project are presented. Areas for further studies are identified and discussed. The purpose of this paper is to disseminate this knowledge and raise awareness of several important aspects.