Elastic-plastic analysis and strength evaluation of adhesive joints in wind turbine blades

Yi Hua, Ananth Ram Mahanth Kasavajhala, Linxia Gu

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Abstract

The objective of this paper is to investigate the performance of adhesive joints of carbon/epoxy wind turbine blade subjected to combined bending and tension loadings through finite element method. The influence of adhesive material properties and geometrical details including fillet and imperfections was examined in terms of interlaminar stresses in the adhesive layer. The variation of stress intensity with change in adhesive shear modulus has also been investigated, while contour integral method was used for evaluating the stress intensity factors (SIF) at the imperfection tip. Furthermore, the strength of the joint was assessed through the crack initiation and propagation analysis. Results suggested that either adding a fillet or considering the plasticity led to the reduced peak stresses at the edge of the adhesive layer and redistributed the load to low stress regions. Inclusion of imperfections has resulted in high stress concentrations in the adhesive layer and reduction in the strength of the joint. Compared to the filleted adhesive, the strength of the joint reduced 2.4% and 4.8% considering a flat adhesive and filleted adhesive with through-thickness imperfection, respectively. Large shear modulus of the adhesive diminishes the fracture strength with the increased SIF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)650-656
Number of pages7
JournalComposites Part B: Engineering
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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Adhesive joints
Wind turbines
Turbomachine blades
Adhesives
Plastics
Defects
Stress intensity factors
Elastic moduli
Crack initiation
Plasticity
Stress concentration
Fracture toughness
Crack propagation
Loads (forces)
Materials properties
Carbon
Finite element method

Keywords

  • A. Laminates
  • B. Adhesion
  • B. Fracture
  • C. Finite element analysis (FEA)
  • Wind turbine blade

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Elastic-plastic analysis and strength evaluation of adhesive joints in wind turbine blades. / Hua, Yi; Kasavajhala, Ananth Ram Mahanth; Gu, Linxia.

In: Composites Part B: Engineering, Vol. 44, No. 1, 01.01.2013, p. 650-656.

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