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The use of composite materials for load bearing structures is gaining wider acceptance, the idea being intrinsically simple : to utilize two or more constituents, which together have more attractive properties than they possess individually. This publication examines the use of two types of composite materials, fibre reinforced plastics and wood composites, and extends their range of applications to structures which experience both static and dynamic loading. The study is applied to the inclusion of such materials into wind turbine blades. This volume has been prepared with authors from seven European countries and includes: materials selection; design verification; and component testing. These are covered systematically for the principal material combinations. With its low environmental impact, the generation of electricity from renewable energy sources is increasingly providing the needs for the next millennium. The information contained in Design of Composite Structures Against Fatigue will allow the next generation of wind turbines to be developed based on new designs of rotor blades.

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Authors: MAYER R M (EDITOR), Sciotech, Camberley, Surrey (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16687 EN (1996) 247pp., FS
Availability: Available from Mechanical Engineering Publications Ltd, Northgate Avenue, Bury St Edmonds, IP32 6BW (GB)
ISBN: ISBN 0-85298-957-1
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