Damage tolerance and structural monitoring for wind turbine blades

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The paper proposes a methodology for reliable design and maintenance of wind turbine rotor blades using a condition monitoring approach and a damage tolerance index coupling the material and structure. By improving the understanding of material properties that control damage propagation it will be possible to combine damage tolerant structural design, monitoring systems, inspection techniques and modelling to manage the life cycle of the structures. This will allow an efficient operation of the wind turbine in terms of load alleviation, limited maintenance and repair leading to a more effective exploitation of offshore wind.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20140077
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Damage tolerance
  • Smart structure
  • Offshore wind

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