Experimental Study Of The Wave Field Around A Monopile Due To Moderate Steepness Irregular Incident Waves


  • IVANDITO HERDAYANDITYA Department of Civil Engineering, KU Leuven, Bruges, Belgium
  • MAX STREICHERS Department of Civil Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium
  • EVERT LATAIRE Maritime Technology Division, Ghent University, Belgium
  • PIETER RAUWOENS Department of Civil Engineering, KU Leuven, Bruges, Belgium




Monopile, Wave Field, Linear Transfer Function, Exceedance Probability


Most offshore wind turbine foundations are of monopile type and need regular marine operations to be conducted nearby during the lifetime of the turbine. Proper wave estimation around the monopile is needed to assure the safety of the operations. The trend of increasing monopile's diameter also adds the need to investigate the wave field around the increased monopile diameter for the marine operation analysis. Experimental campaigns of wave field around a monopile in irregular incident waves with different steepness are reported in this study to extend the available experiments which focused mostly on the runup of cylindrical structures. The wave field at two radial positions and six angular positions around the monopile is investigated. The results are processed to obtain the Linear Transfer Function of the wave field around the monopile and the Exceedance Probability of the wave height and crest of the waves around the monopile. For the tested conditions, the linear solution accurately captures the frequency domain characteristics and the exceedance probability of wave height but fails to predict the crest exceedance probability.




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