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A Critical Assessment of Computer Tools for Calculating Composite Wind Turbine Blade Properties

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Hui Chen, Wenbin Yu

Utah State University, Logan, UT

Mark Capellaro

Stuttgart University, Stuttgart, Germany

Paper No. IMECE2009-13314, pp. 67-76; 10 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6: Emerging Technologies: Alternative Energy Systems; Energy Systems: Analysis, Thermodynamics and Sustainability
  • Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, November 13–19, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4379-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3863-1
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Several computer tools are critically assessed for calculating the inertial and structural properties of wind turbine blades. The theoretical foundation of each tool is briefly summarized and the advantages and disadvantages of each tool are pointed out. Several benchmark examples are used to evaluate the performance of different tools. Such a systematic and critical assessment provides guidance for wind turbine blade engineers to choose the right tool for effective design and analysis of wind turbine blades.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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