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Structural design and validation of a 10 kW wind turbine blade


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Forcier, L-C., Sumner, J., Gagnon, T., Charron, J-F. et Joncas, S.. 2013. « Structural design and validation of a 10 kW wind turbine blade ». In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Composite Materials-ICCM19 (Montreal, QC, Canada, July 28-Aug. 2, 2013)

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In this paper, the structural design and validation of blades for a variable pitch and speed 10 kW wind turbine is presented. Blades are 3.76 m long and built using glass/epoxy composite materials. The design of this wind turbine was made according to the IEC 61400-2 standard on small wind turbines. Blade loads were computed using the FAST aeroelasticity software. The blade structural design was made with the OptiStruct finite element solver using the strutural optimisation capabilities of this software in the early stages of the preliminary design. The blade was vacuum infused in three parts (upper skin, lower skin and shear web) and bonded togheter in a subsequent step. Static and modal structural test showed that the blade is able to resist to the design loads and that experimental results are similar to numerical results.

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Joncas, Simon
Affiliation: Génie de la production automatisée
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 15:06
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 21:09

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