Future Materials for Wind Turbine Blades - A Critical Review

Durai Prabhakaran Raghavalu Thirumalai

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Abstract

Wind turbine industry is continuously evaluating material systems to replace the current thermoset composite technologies. Since turbine blades are the key component in the wind turbines and the size of the blade is increasing in today’s wind design, the material selection has become crucial focusing several factors like less weight, less price, higher performance, longer life, ease of processing, and capability of recycling. In the present market scenario, wind industry needs to improve their business for onshore and for off-shore applications demonstrating the new blade designs and stating higher performance under severe environmental conditions. The current article reviews various material alternatives and demonstrates the advantageous and disadvantageous for future wind turbine blade developments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Wind Energy: Materials, Engineering and Policies (WEMEP-2012)
Number of pages8
Publication date2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Conference on Wind Energy: Materials, Engineering and Policies (WEMEP-2012) - BITS, Hyderabad Campus, Hyderabad, India
Duration: 22 Nov 201223 Nov 2012

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Wind Energy: Materials, Engineering and Policies (WEMEP-2012)
LocationBITS, Hyderabad Campus
CountryIndia
CityHyderabad
Period22/11/201223/11/2012

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