As of now, only a small number of offshore foundations, related to offshore wind energy, were decommissioned in Europe. With a diameter up to nine meter, an embedment of about 40 meter and a set up effect over 25 years, the necessary force to pull the pile out of the seabed can be assumed, if at all determinable, to be enormous. The piles that were decommissioned were cut beneath the mud line, which leaves approximately one third of the foundation permanently in the seabed.
Different methods and techniques for a complete removal of offshore pile foundation are currently investigated within the project DeCoMP. Vibratory extraction aims for a reduction of the pile skin friction by creating a layer of less density between the pile shaft and pending soil.
During the design and planning process for vibratory installation or extraction a drivability prediction is a key element. In order to identify and characterize soil parameter for the numerical simulation of a drivability prediction, large-scale tests are performed by the Institute of Geomechanics and Geotechnics of the Technische Universität Braunschweig (IGG-TUBS) .
In this paper first results of pilot tests with two vibrators are presented and key elements such as crane uplift, frequency and acceleration displayed.