Articles | Volume 5, issue 4
Wind Energ. Sci., 5, 1339–1358, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-5-1339-2020

Special issue: Wind Energy Science Conference 2019

Wind Energ. Sci., 5, 1339–1358, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-5-1339-2020
Research article
20 Oct 2020
Research article | 20 Oct 2020

Finite element simulations for investigating the strength characteristics of a 5 m composite wind turbine blade

Can Muyan and Demirkan Coker

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Wind turbine blade prototypes undergo structural tests before they are used in the field so that any design failure can be detected prior to their operation. In this study, strength characteristics of a small-scale existing 5 m composite wind turbine blade is carried out utilizing the finite-element-method software package Ansys. The results show that the blade exhibits sufficient resistance against buckling. Yet, laminate failure is found to play a major role in the ultimate blade failure.