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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 184621, 13 pages
Research Article

Numerical Study on Effects of the Embedded Monopile Foundation on Local Wave-Induced Porous Seabed Response

1State Key Laboratory of Hydrology-Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210098, China
2Key Laboratory of Engineering Sediment of Ministry of Transport, Tianjin Research Institute for Water Transport Engineering, M.O.T., Tianjin, Tianjin 300456, China
3Fujian Provincial Investigation Design and Research Institute of Port and Waterway, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002, China
4Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210024, China

Received 15 April 2015; Revised 21 July 2015; Accepted 26 July 2015

Academic Editor: Carla Faraci

Copyright © 2015 Chi Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Effects of the embedded monopile foundation on the local distributions of pore water pressure, soil stresses, and liquefaction are investigated in this study using a three-dimensional integrated numerical model. The model is based on a Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes wave module and a fully dynamic poroelastic seabed module and has been validated with the analytical solution and experimental data. Results show that, compared to the situation without an embedded foundation, the embedded monopile foundation increases and decreases the maximum pore water pressure in the seabed around and below the foundation, respectively. The embedded monopile foundation also significantly modifies the distributions of the maximum effective soil stress around the foundation and causes a local concentration of soil stress below the two lower corners of foundation. A parametric study reveals that the effects of embedded monopile foundation on pore water pressure increase as the degrees of saturation and soil permeability decrease. The embedded monopile foundation tends to decrease the liquefaction depth around the structure, and this effect is relatively more obvious for greater degrees of saturation, greater soil permeabilities, and smaller wave heights.