Scour Development Around Bucket Foundations

Ionut Emanuel Stroescu, Peter Bak Frigaard, Morten Fejerskov

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A wind turbine foundation design without scour protection, especially for wind turbines in the North Sea, is a sensitive topic for most offshore developers. However, recent research shows that this concept is realistic if there is extended comprehension of the scour and backfill phenomena. The present paper shows the comparative results for monopile and bucket foundations through the use of experimental analysis and field scour surveys of bucket foundations installed offshore. The main findings show that the bucket foundation is a candidate for a design without scour protection that behaves like scour-protected monopiles in a variety of environmental conditions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)57–64
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventISOPE: The 25th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference - Hawaii, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, United States
Duration: 21 Jun 201526 Jun 2015
Conference number: 25


CountryUnited States
CityKona, Big Island, Hawaii


  • Bucket foundation
  • Scour backfill
  • Site investigation
  • Experiment

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