Book Chapter

Fatigue life prediction of wind turbine blade composite materials

Fatigue life prediction of wind turbine rotor blades is a very challenging task, as blade failure is led by different failure types that act synergistically. Inherent defects like wrinkles, fiber misalignments and voids, that can be introduced during fabrication, can constitute potential damage initiation points and rapidly develop to failure mechanisms like matrix cracking, transverse-ply cracking, interface cracking, debonding, fiber breakage, etc. Different methods have been established to address this problem, some based on phenomenological and others on actual damage mechanics modeling. This chapter aims to provide an overview of fatigue life modeling and prediction methodologies for the composite materials and structural composite elements that compose a wind turbine rotor blade under complex loading conditions


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