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Applied Composite Materials

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 237–254 | Cite as

Simulation of Mechanical Behavior and Damage of a Large Composite Wind Turbine Blade under Critical Loads

  • M. Tarfaoui
  • M. Nachtane
  • H. Khadimallah
  • D. Saifaoui
Article

Abstracta

Issues such as energy generation/transmission and greenhouse gas emissions are the two energy problems we face today. In this context, renewable energy sources are a necessary part of the solution essentially winds power, which is one of the most profitable sources of competition with new fossil energy facilities. This paper present the simulation of mechanical behavior and damage of a 48 m composite wind turbine blade under critical wind loads. The finite element analysis was performed by using ABAQUS code to predict the most critical damage behavior and to apprehend and obtain knowledge of the complex structural behavior of wind turbine blades. The approach developed based on the nonlinear FE analysis using mean values for the material properties and the failure criteria of Tsai-Hill to predict failure modes in large structures and to identify the sensitive zones.

Keywords

Composite wind turbine blade Finite element analysis Mechanical behavior 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Tarfaoui
    • 1
  • M. Nachtane
    • 1
    • 2
  • H. Khadimallah
    • 1
  • D. Saifaoui
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Fluid Dynamics, Materials and StructuresENSTA Bretagne – IRDL/LBMSBrestFrance
  2. 2.Laboratory for Renewable Energy and Dynamic SystemsFSAC - UH2CCasablancaMorocco

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