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A wind turbine tower design based on the use of fibre-reinforced composites

Project ID: ENK5-CT-2000-00328
Funded under: FP5-EESD


This report summarises the key features of the MEGAWIND FRP composite tower design and the experimental campaign conducted on 1/3 scale prototype specimens. The report highlights the problems and lessons learnt from the manufacturing process and how these affect the overall design. The results of Finite Element models are compared to experimental data and are then used to predict the behaviour of the proposed full-scale prototype. The effects of environmental factors on the constituent materials are studied with an accelerated ageing campaign and recommendations are made on the basis of the observed degradation.

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Authors: GUTIÉRREZ E ET AL, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA), Ispra (IT);MIERES J ET A, NECSO Entrecanales Cubiertas, Madrid (ES);GALIOTIS C, Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas, Patras (GR);MOUZAKIS D, Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas, Patras (GR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20786 EN (2003), 168pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
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