- Design offshore monopile foundations cost-effectively
- Transfer results of PISA to your design
- Calibrate soil reaction curves
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What is PLAXIS MoDeTo?
PLAXIS MoDeTo offers an enhanced design method that dramatically reduces the amount of steel needed for monopile foundations, lowering the overall costs of wind farms. It allows the transfer of results of the PISA Joint Industry Research Project into daily engineering practices.
Use PLAXIS MoDeTo as a stand-alone tool for rule-based design method or in connection with PLAXIS 3D for numerical-based design method.
PLAXIS MoDeTo—developed in collaboration with Oxford University and Fugro—brings state-of-the-art research to engineering practices. The software transfers the enhanced design method established in PISA Phase 1 and 2 to current design practices. And it will enable the capitalization of any future findings of PISA, which will be implemented into the software as they become available.
- Reduce the embedded length of piles
PLAXIS MoDeTo allows you to analyze the ability of monopile foundations to resist lateral loads on the basis of a 1D Timoshenko beam finite element model. This enhanced design method provides accuracy—including large diameter monopiles and realistic soil reaction curves—while retaining many of the assumptions of the more conventional p-y approach. Research shows that this can potentially decrease the embedded length of piles by as much as 35%.
- Save significantly through design efficiency
Reducing costs gives you an edge in the highly competitive offshore wind industry. PLAXIS MoDeTo enables less conservative dimensioning of each monopile in a wind farm, while less steel translates into lower fabrication, transportation, and installation costs.
- Automatically calibrate soil reaction curves
Although you can use PLAXIS MoDeTo as a stand-alone application and supply your own soil reaction curves, pairing it with PLAXIS 3D will automate these calculations. PLAXIS 3D calibrates curves numerically, based on the design space and specific properties of the site, whether offshore or onshore.
- Seamlessly integrate with the PLAXIS environment
Using PLAXIS MoDeTo in conjunction with PLAXIS 3D is simple and provides a robust and proven solution for offshore wind sites, whether bottom-fixed or floating. PLAXIS 3D provides a broad range of capabilities, multicore calculations, and 64-bit architecture. With add-on modules 3D PlaxFlow and 3D Dynamics, you can tackle the largest and most complex geotechnical models, including jackets, tripods, and suction anchors.
- Rely on a proven solution
For decades, the PLAXIS engineering process has consistently delivered stable, robust, and well-defined geotechnical finite element software. PLAXIS MoDeTo follows this proven process and has been validated via large-scale testing of monopile foundations at the two PISA test sites, the Dunkirk sand site and the Cowden clay site.
- Seamless integration with PLAXIS 3D
- Nonlinear soil reaction curves for lateral loading, rotation, base shear, and base rotation (PISA) or lateral loading only (API)
- Automatic calibration and optimization of numerical soil reaction curves (PLAXIS 3D)
- Robust 1D kernel with highly efficient calculation times
- Realistic assessment of displacements and structural forces
- Visualization and export of numerical (PLAXIS 3D) and parametric soil reaction curves
- Timoshenko beam theory ensures accurate results even for large diameter monopiles
- Optimized design method for monopile foundations
Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Required: GPU with 256 MB OpenGL 1.3
Recommended: Avoid simple onboard graphics chips in favor of a discrete GPU from the nVidia GeForce or Quadro range with at least 128-bit bus and 1 GB of RAM, or equivalent solution from ATI/AMD.
Required: Dual Core CPU
Recommended: Quad Core CPU
Recommended: minimum 8 GB
Large projects may require more.
Minimum 2 GB free space on the partition where the WindowsTEMP directory resides, and 2 GB free space on the partition where projects are saved. Large projects may require significantly more space on both partitions. For best performance, ensure that the TEMP directory and the project directory reside on the same partition.
Required: 1024 x 768 pixels, 32-bit color palette
Recommended: 1920 x 1080 pixels,32-bit color palette
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I was able to optimize the designs for the monopile foundation project and lower steel, fabrication, transportation, and installation costs.Roger Tana,
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