Articles | Volume 6, issue 5
Wind Energ. Sci., 6, 1277–1290, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-6-1277-2021
Wind Energ. Sci., 6, 1277–1290, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-6-1277-2021
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.

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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.