PLAXIS MoDeTo - Monopile Design Software
Reduce the overall costs of onshore and offshore wind farms with an enhanced design method that reduces the amount of steel required for monopiles.
- Design offshore monopile foundations cost-effectively
- Transfer results of PISA to your design
- Calibrate soil reaction curves
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.