Twist the cork and it becomes thinner

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Gentle Driving of Piles Demontration Site

In the past few months, a new method of driving monopiles into the seabed has been tested at the second Maasvlakte in the Netherlands. This method, Gentle Driving of Piles (GDP), is based on an idea of Andrei Metrikine, Head of Section Offshore Engineering at TU Delft. His idea is to twist piles into the soil, instead of drive piles by hammering. Just like you twist a cork when opening a champagne bottle.

GDP is a project within GROW, the joint research program in offshore wind that initiates research and accelerates innovations. Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is coordinating the project with the following project partners; Boskalis, Cape Holland, Deltares, DOT, Eneco, IHC IQIP, Innogy, Seaway7, Shell, SIF, TNO and Van Oord. This project is funded by RVO and supported by TKI Wind Op Zee.

During the GDP demonstration day over 100 visitors witnessed a successful test installation and attended the symposium in the afternoon with technical presentations about GDP and other related subjects within the Offshore engineering research group of the TU Delft. Find out more about the project.

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