Torsional Performance of Wind Turbine Blades: Part II: Numerical Validation

Kim Branner, Peter Berring, Christian Berggreen, Henrik W. Knudsen

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Abstract

The present work investigates how well different finite element modeling techniques can predict bending and torsion behavior of a wind turbine blade. Two shell models are investigated. One model has element offsets and the other has the elements at the mid-thickness surfaces of the model. The last two models investigated use a combination of shell and solid elements. The results from the numerical investigations are compared with measurements from testing of a section of a full-scale wind turbine blade. It is found that only the combined shell/solid models give reliable results in torsion. Both the combined shell/solid models and the shell model with element offsets are found to give reliable bending results. For the combined shell/solid models, convergence tests show that it is necessary to have 3 solid elements through the thickness of the sandwich cores and the adhesive bonds.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSixteenth International Conference on Composite Materials : A Giant Step towards Environmental Awareness: From Green Composites to Aerospace
EditorsKazuro Kageyama, Takashi Ishikawa, Nobuo Takeda, Masaki Hojo, Sunao Sugimoto, Toshio Ogasawara
Number of pages1432
Volume2
Place of PublicationTokyo, Japan
PublisherJapan Society for Composite Materials
Publication date2007
ISBN (Print)978-4-931136-06-9
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event16th International Conference on Composite Materials: A Giant Step towards Environmental Awareness: From Green Composites to Aerospace - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 8 Jul 200713 Jul 2007
Conference number: 16
http://www.jscm.gr.jp/conference/iccm-16/conference_topics/index.html

Conference

Conference16th International Conference on Composite Materials
Number16
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityKyoto
Period08/07/200713/07/2007
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