David Eduardo Leon Vanegas

My name is David León. I have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. I have over 6 years of experience in consulting geotechnical engineering, mainly in hydroelectric and mining projects.

In the FRONTIErS project, I will be working in the numerical modelling of installation of monopile driving using the Particle Finite Element Method.


Numerical modelling of monopile driving
This project goal is to develop and test a realistic modelling platform to represent the dynamic interaction during installation of monopiles in soils. Coupled hydro-mechanical behaviour will be considered for the soil, allowing for drained, undrained or partly drained installation. Installations by vibration and hammering will be considered. Representation of the monopile will aim to reproduce the dynamic driving signals recorded at installation. Being able to correctly reproduce installation will open new fundamental perspectives into monopile design for both lateral and axial loading. Model development will be based on the Geotechnical Particle Finite Element method (GPFEM), which at present has been applied mostly to quasi-static hydro-mechanical coupled problems, but has been already adapted to high frequency dynamic loading.
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