ReliaBlade Project: A Material’s Perspective towards the Digitalization of Wind Turbine Rotor Blades

F. Sayer, A. Antoniou, S. Goutianos, I. Gebauer, K. Branner, C. Balzani

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In many industries, digitalization is expected to have a significant economic potential. The digitalization of wind turbine rotor blades including their materials could contribute to accelerate the development of novel and tailored materials, to improve the blades’ reliability, and to make wind energy more cost efficient. However, the digitalization of the blades through their entire life cycle is challenging e.g. due to the dependence of the material properties on the manufacturing process parameters, the complex structural health monitoring and the challenging modelling of blade response under complex loading. In the presented work based on the results of the ReliaBlade project, a theoretical approach is attempted towards describing the blade in-situ structural performance, based on the material properties, the blade manufacturing processes and loading history. In the first phase of the ReliaBlade project, an experimental blade for full-scale testing with three pre-defined internal damage modes is designed. Based on these damage modes the digitalization approach towards increasing the blade structural reliability is exemplarily shown.
Original languageEnglish
Article number012006
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event41st Risø International Symposium on Materials Science - Online event, Denmark
Duration: 7 Sep 202010 Sep 2020


Conference41st Risø International Symposium on Materials Science
CityOnline event


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