A Critical Review of Future Materials for Wind Turbine Blades

Durai Prabhakaran Raghavalu Thirumalai

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Wind turbine industry is continuously evaluating materials systems to replace the current thermoset composite technologies. Since turbine blades are the key component in the wind turbines and the size of the blade is increasing in todays wind design, the materials selection has become crucial focusing several factors like less weight, less price, higher performance, longer life, ease of processing, and capability of recycling. In the present market scenario, wind industry needs to improve their business for onshore and for off-shore applications demonstrating the new blade designs and stating higher performance under severe environmental conditions. The current article reviews various materials alternatives and demonstrates the advantages and disadvantages for future wind turbine blade developments.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)81-99
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Thermoplastic Composites
  • Thermoset Composites
  • Glass fibres
  • Natural fibres
  • Hybrid composites
  • Compression properties

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