Coursework brief: In this open-ended assignment you are asked to perform a preliminary analysis and design of a deep foundation supporting a wind-turbine, applying all the relevant theoretical and analytical tools offered in this module, to model the soil behaviour and the Soil-StructureInteraction effects. The available data are limited to the design loads and some basic information regarding the soil material. You must complete the missing information and select reasonable design parameters, justified through your own research in the literature. Your understanding, analytical capabilities, engineering judgement, as well as your personal reflections, need to be evident in your final report.
The problem geometry is depicted in Figure 1: a deep foundation system is needed to support the wind turbine, taking into account the properties of the 10m silty sand layer and the soft clay layer underneath. Two foundation options need to be explored: a monopile foundation and a piled raft foundation with reinforced concrete piles. Split your analysis into the following steps: