Analysis and design of bend-twist coupled wind turbine blades

Alexander R. Stäblein

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Bend-twist coupling allows wind turbine blades to self-alleviate sudden inflow changes, as in gusty or turbulent conditions, resulting in reduced ultimate and fatigue loads. If the coupling is introduced by changing the fibre direction of the anisotropic blade material, the assumptions of classical beam theory are not necessarily valid. This chapter reviews the effects of anisotropic material on the structural response of beams and identifies those relevant for wind turbine blade analysis. A framework suitable for the structural analysis of wind turbine blades is proposed and guidance for the design of bend-twist coupled blades is given.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMARE-WINT. New Materials and Reliability in Offshore Wind Turbine Technology
Editors Wiesław Ostachowicz , Malcolm McGugan, Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs, Marcin Luczak
Number of pages14
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-39094-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-39095-6
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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