PLAXIS MoDeTo introduced an enhanced design method for monopile foundations. It transfers the results of the PISA Research Project to daily engineering practice. PLAXIS MoDeTo enables dramatic reductions in the amount of steel of each monopile and, as such, in the overall costs of any wind farm. With this release, PLAXIS MoDeTo joins PLAXIS 2D and PLAXIS 3D as a CONNECT Edition application. The version name convention has been changed to reflect this. PLAXIS MoDeTo CONNECT Edition V20 is now fully integrated with PLAXIS 3D CONNECT Edition V20 Update 1. It utilizes the Subscription Entitlement Service, which replaces the previous dongle-based licensing system.
- Optimized design method for monopile foundations
- Full implementation of the PISA Method, as described in the PISA Final Report of May 2016
- Robust 1D kernel with highly efficient calculation times
- Use of Timoshenko beam theory ensures accurate results even for large diameter monopiles
- Non-linear soil reaction curves for lateral loading, rotation, base shear and base rotation
- Realistic assessment of displacements and structural forces
- Visualization and export of soil reaction curves
- Seamless integration with PLAXIS 3D (numerical-based design)
The new PLAXIS MoDeTo CONNECT Edition V20 further extends the innovative capabilities of PLAXIS MoDeTo with:
- CONNECT Edition with Subscription Entitlement Service (SES): PLAXIS uses licensing through Subscription Entitlement Service (SES). Product activation and software updates are managed using the CONNECTION Client.
- Integration with PLAXIS 3D CONNECT Edition: PLAXIS MoDeTo CONNECT Edition is fully integrated with PLAXIS 3D CONNECT Edition and the PLAXIS Python distribution. To facilitate version synchrony, all three applications are jointly distributed in a single installer
- Analysis of layered soils according to PISA Phase 2: It is possible to combine multiple sets of soil reaction curves, either rule-based or calibrated from homogeneous soil profiles, to conduct 1D analyses of monopiles in a layered soil, in accordance to the findings of PISA Phase 2.
- Use of standard API/DNV-GL P-Y curves for clays and sands: Next to numerical-based or rule-based PISA soil reaction curves, codified P-Y curves for clays and sands according to the API RP 2A-WSD standard can be used to model soil behavior in 1D analyses.
You can download the latest PLAXIS MoDeTo release via the Bentley Software Download pages.