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Design of offshore wind turbine blades

P. Greaves     Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Northumberland, United Kingdom

Abstract

Offshore wind turbine blades can differ significantly from their onshore counterparts. This chapter discusses these differences and describes the methodologies that are used during the design of the blades. The chapter covers aerodynamic and structural design, materials choice, manufacturing methods and different rotor architectures.

Keywords

Aerodynamics; Aeroelasticity; Composite materials; Fatigue; Horizontal axis; Structural design; Wind turbine

6.1. Introduction

The blades of a wind turbine, whether onshore or offshore, must satisfy a wide range of design requirements which will often be in competition with each other. ...

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