Articles | Volume 6, issue 5
Wind Energ. Sci., 6, 1277–1290, 2021
Wind Energ. Sci., 6, 1277–1290, 2021

Research article 23 Sep 2021

Research article | 23 Sep 2021

Land-based wind turbines with flexible rail-transportable blades – Part 1: Conceptual design and aeroservoelastic performance

Pietro Bortolotti et al.


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on wes-2021-29', Athanasios Barlas, 04 Jun 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on wes-2021-29', Didier Lemosse, 30 Jun 2021
  • AC1: 'Revised submission on wes-2021-29', Pietro Bortolotti, 04 Aug 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Pietro Bortolotti on behalf of the Authors (04 Aug 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (16 Aug 2021) by Sandrine Aubrun
ED: Publish as is (19 Aug 2021) by Jakob Mann(Chief Editor)
Short summary
The length of rotor blades of land-based wind turbines is currently constrained by logistics. Turbine manufacturers currently propose segmented solutions to overcome these limits, but blade joints come with extra masses and costs. This work investigates an alternative solution, namely the design of ultra-flexible blades that can be transported on rail via controlled bending. The results show that this is a promising pathway for further increasing the size of land-based wind turbines.