Articles | Volume 3, issue 1
Wind Energ. Sci., 3, 163–172, 2018

Special issue: Wind Energy Science Conference 2017

Wind Energ. Sci., 3, 163–172, 2018

Research article 03 Apr 2018

Research article | 03 Apr 2018

Benefits of subcomponent over full-scale blade testing elaborated on a trailing-edge bond line design validation

Malo Rosemeier et al.

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Short summary
This research was conducted with the help of computer models to give argumentation on how the reliability of wind turbine rotor blade structures can be increased using subcomponent testing (SCT) as a supplement to full-scale blade testing (FST). It was found that the use of SCT can significantly reduce the testing time compared to FST while replicating more realistic loading conditions for an outboard blade segment as it occurs in the field.