The development of a subsea tidal turbine requires specific research work concerning the design of the foundation in contact with the seabed. This design stage can be simplified by the use of numerical modelling and more particularly by using discrete modelling. HydroQuest asked Cathie Associates to check their previous calculations regarding the behavior of a single steel foundation pin in a granitic rock mass by using Itasca’s discrete numerical approach and follow the forces applied to the pin as well as the state of the damaged zone around the tip during penetration.
The theme of RockEng22 is Canadian Strengths and Future Directions in Rock Mechanics.
Dr. Detournay has experience in the development of numerical models for application to coupled fluid-thermo-mechanical problems. She is a principal developer for the groundwater-flow and thermal logic in FLAC3D, and has been involved in the development of several of the constitutive models available with Itasca continuum codes.
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