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.
|Title of host publication||MARE-WINT. New Materials and Reliability in Offshore Wind Turbine Technology|
|Editors||Wiesław Ostachowicz , Malcolm McGugan, Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs, Marcin Luczak|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|