Resolving Performance Conflicts In New Wind Turbine Blade Designs

Vidyadhar Peesapati, I Cotton, L S Rashid, A Brown, P Jamshidi, P J Hogg

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    Abstract

    This paper considers the various conflicts that arise in designing a wind turbine bladewhich satisfies the needs for enhanced structural performance and effectivelightning protection whilst simultaneously providing a low radar cross section. Somenovel materials solutions to these three problems are presented and empirical datawill be used to develop routes to optimising the various properties provided. A key factor will be the ability to incorporate any potential solution within a low cost manufacturing system without introducing any significant weight penalty to the final manufactured blade. This work was funded by EPSRC under its Supergen initiative.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEuropean Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition 2009
    Pages260-287
    Number of pages28
    Volume1
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009
    EventEWEC2009 - Marseille,
    Duration: 16 Mar 200918 Dec 2015

    Conference

    ConferenceEWEC2009
    CityMarseille,
    Period16/03/0918/12/15

    Keywords

    • Wind Turbine
    • Lightning Protection
    • Radar Absorbing Materials (RAM)
    • composite
    • radar-reflective surface

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