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Wind and Structures
  Volume 30, Number 5, June 2020, pages 511-524
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12989/was.2020.30.5.511
 


A review of wind-turbine structural stability, failure and alleviation
Shafiqur Rehman, Md. Mahbub Alam and Luai M. Alhems

 
Abstract
    Advancements in materialistic life styles and increasing awareness about adverse climatic changes and its negative effects on human life have been the driving force of finding new and clean sources of energy. Wind power has become technologically mature and commercially acceptable on global scale. However, fossil fuels have been the major sources of energy in most countries, renewable energy (particularly wind) is now booming worldwide. To cope with this wind energy technology, various related aspects have to be understood by the scientific, engineering, utility, and contracting communities. This study is an effort towards the understanding of the (i) wind turbine blade and tower structural stability issues, (ii) turbine blade and tower failures and remedial measures, (iii) weather and seismic effects on turbine blade and tower failures, (iv) gear box failures, and (v) turbine blade and tower failure analysis tools.
 
Key Words
    wind power; wind turbine; turbine blade failure; structural stability; tower failure
 
Address
Shafiqur Rehman: 1Center for Engineering Research, Research Institute, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
Md. Mahbub Alam: 2Institute for Turbulence-Noise-Vibration Interaction and Control, Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen),
University Town, Xili, Shenzhen 518055, China
 

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