Advances In Wind Turbine Blade Design and Materials

Advances In Wind Turbine Blade Design and Materials

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Advances In Wind Turbine Blade Design and Materials by Povl Brondsted

Wind energy is gaining critical ground in the area of renewable energy, with wind energy being predicted to provide up to 8% of the world’s consumption of electricity by 2021. Advances in wind turbine blade design and materials reviews the design and functionality of wind turbine rotor blades as well as the requirements and challenges for composite materials used in both current and future designs of wind turbine blades.

Part one outlines the challenges and developments in wind turbine blade design, including aerodynamic and aeroelastic design features, fatigue loads on wind turbine blades, and characteristics of wind turbine blade airfoils. Part two discusses the fatigue behavior of composite wind turbine blades, including the micromechanical modelling and fatigue life prediction of wind turbine blade composite materials, and the effects of resin and reinforcement variations on the fatigue resistance of wind turbine blades. The final part of the book describes advances in wind turbine blade materials, development and testing, including biobased composites, surface protection and coatings, structural performance testing and the design, manufacture and testing of small wind turbine blades.

Advances in wind turbine blade design and materials offers a comprehensive review of the recent advances and challenges encountered in wind turbine blade materials and design, and will provide an invaluable reference for researchers and innovators in the field of wind energy production, including materials scientists and engineers, wind turbine blade manufacturers and maintenance technicians, scientists, researchers and academics.


  • Reviews the design and functionality of wind turbine rotor blades
  • Examines the requirements and challenges for composite materials used in both current and future designs of wind turbine blades
  • Provides an invaluable reference for researchers and innovators in the field of wind energy production

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857094261
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 10/14/2013
Series: Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy Series , #47
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Prof. Povl Brøndsted leads a research program on composites and material mechanics at the Materials Research Department in the National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy at the Technical University of Denmark.

Dr Rogier Nijssen is a research scientist at the Knowledge Centre Wind Turbine Materials and Constructions, The Netherlands. Their research has been both in research contracts and in public projects. Brøndsted and Nijssen have worked together in material research consortia such as the European Optimat and Upwind projects.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Wind turbine blade design: challenges and developments: Introduction to wind turbine blade design; Loads on wind turbine blades; Aerodynamic design of wind turbine rotors; Aerodynamic characteristics of wind turbine blade airfoils; Aeroelastic design of wind turbine blades

Part 2 Fatigue behaviour of composite wind turbine blades: Fatigue as a design driver for composite wind turbine blades; Effects of resin and reinforcement variations on fatigue resistance of wind turbine blades; Fatigue life prediction of wind turbine blade composite materials; Micromechanical modelling of wind turbine blade materials; Probabilistic design of wind turbine blades

Part 3 Advances in wind turbine blade materials, development and testing: Biobased composites: materials, properties and potential applications as wind turbine blade materials; Surface protection and coatings for wind turbine rotor blades; Design, manufacture and testing of small wind turbine blades; Wind turbine blade structural performance testing

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