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Design methodology for composite structures: A small low air-speed wind turbine blade case study

Monroy Aceves, C and Sutcliffe, MPF and Ashby, MF and Skordos, AA and Rodríguez Román, C (2012) Design methodology for composite structures: A small low air-speed wind turbine blade case study. Materials and Design, 36. pp. 296-305. ISSN 0264-1275

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Abstract

A small low air-speed wind turbine blade case study is used to demonstrate the effectiveness of a materials and design selection methodology described by Monroy Aceves et al. (2008) [24] for composite structures. The blade structure comprises a shell of uniform thickness and a unidirectional reinforcement. The shell outer geometry is fixed by aerodynamic considerations. A wide range of lay-ups are considered for the shell and reinforcement. Structural analysis is undertaken using the finite element method. Results are incorporated into a database for analysis using material selection software. A graphical selection stage is used to identify the lightest blade meeting appropriate design constraints. The proposed solution satisfies the design requirements and improves on the prototype benchmark by reducing the mass by almost 50%. The flexibility of the selection software in allowing identification of trends in the results and modifications to the selection criteria is demonstrated. Introducing a safety factor of two on the material failure stresses increases the mass by only 11%. The case study demonstrates that the proposed design methodology is useful in preliminary design where a very wide range of cases should be considered using relatively simple analysis. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: A. Composites: polymer matrix B. Laminates H. Selection of components
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div C > Biomechanics
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:20
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2014 06:45
DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2011.11.033