On the potential of particle engineered anti-erosion coatings for leading edge protection of wind turbine blades: Computational studies

K. M. Jespersen*, G. Monastyreckis, L Mishnaevsky Jr.

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    Abstract

    The potential of particle and fiber reinforced anti-erosion coatings for the protection of wind turbine blades is explored through computational modelling. A hypothesis that stiff disc-shaped particle or fiber reinforcements embedded in viscoelastic coatings ensure better erosion protection is validated numerically, and mechanisms of this effect are analyzed. A computational unit cell model of coatings with embedded fibers (fiber pulp) or disc particles subject to rain droplet impact is developed, and series of computational experiments is carried out. The distribution and scattering of stress waves from the rain droplet impact and damping properties are analyzed for homogeneous viscoelastic polyurethane coatings, coatings with discshaped particles, and fiber pulp. It is shown that the stress waves are increasingly scattered, and the damping is increased with higher volume percentage of the fibers. The mechanism of such increased energy dissipation is found to be related to the high local viscoelastic deformation in the regions between closely located fibers and the higher stiffness of the unit cell. The current work demonstrates the high potential of fiber engineered coatings for the improvement of anti-erosion protection of wind turbine blades.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number012027
    JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
    Volume942
    Issue number1
    Number of pages8
    ISSN1757-8981
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2020
    Event41st Risø International Symposium on Materials Science - Online event, Denmark
    Duration: 7 Sept 202010 Sept 2020

    Conference

    Conference41st Risø International Symposium on Materials Science
    Country/TerritoryDenmark
    CityOnline event
    Period07/09/202010/09/2020

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