Fatigue as a design driver for composite wind turbine blades

R. P.L. Nijssen, P. Brøndsted*

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Composites have been the material of choice for wind turbine blade construction for several decades. This chapter explains why. It also shows how wind turbine blade materials and our understanding of their fatigue behavior have developed recently, and the gaps that still exist in the knowledge. This chapter discusses why fatigue is a predominant design driver for wind turbine blades. The main structural elements of the blade (load-bearing components and aerodynamic shell) are considered in terms of material and design requirements, and fundamental research questions are addressed. Finally, there is a comment on current and future trends, as well as a list of recommended reading.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Wind Turbine Blade Design and Materials
EditorsPovl Brøndsted, Stergios Goutianos, Rogier Nijssen
Number of pages32
Publication date2023
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-08-103007-3
Publication statusPublished - 2023
SeriesWoodhead Publishing Series in Energy


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