Articles | Volume 2, issue 2
Wind Energ. Sci., 2, 641–652, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-2-641-2017
Wind Energ. Sci., 2, 641–652, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-2-641-2017
Research article
19 Dec 2017
Research article | 19 Dec 2017

Effects of defects in composite wind turbine blades – Part 1: Characterization and mechanical testing

Jared W. Nelson et al.

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Given the rapid growth and large scale of wind turbines, it is important that wind farms achieve maximum availability by reducing downtime due to maintenance and failures. The Blade Reliability Collaborative, led by Sandia National Laboratories and sponsored by the US DOE, was formed to address this issue. A comprehensive study to characterize and understand the manufacturing flaws common in blades, and their impact on blade life, was performed by measuring and testing commonly included defects.