Development of a Bamboo-Based Composite as a Sustainable Green Material for Wind Turbine Blades

John W. Holmes, Povl Brøndsted, Bent F. Sørensen, Zehui Jiang, Zhengjun Sun, Xuhe Chen

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    Abstract

    Bamboo has many engineering and environmental attributes that make it an attractive material for utilization in wind turbine blades. This paper examines the mechanical properties of a novel bamboo-poplar epoxy laminate which is being developed for wind turbine blades. Information provided in this paper includes an overview of the laminate construction and initial data for the monotonic tensile and compressive stress-strain behavior and tension-tension fatigue life of panels formed by hot-pressing. In addition, a discussion of fracture resistance of the bamboo-poplar laminate, under Mode I and Mode II loading conditions is provided.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalWind Engineering
    Volume33
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)197-210
    ISSN0309-524X
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Keywords

    • Wind energy
    • Light strong materials for wind turbines and for transportation

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