Structural analysis and design with decommissioned wind turbine blades (online)
Date & Time

12 October 2021
18:00-19:30 BST

Price
Free
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Structural analysis and design with decommissioned wind turbine blades (online)

Lecture
Date & Time

12 October 2021
18:00-19:30 BST

Price
Free

An introduction to analysis and design methods for building structures and infrastructure facilities constructed from decommissioned wind turbine blades.

This lecture will introduce structural engineers to analysis and design methods for decommissioned wind turbine blades according to existing and anticipated building codes for FRP structures.

The first generation of FRP composite wind turbine blades are coming out of service. Repurposing these blades in structures provides an exciting opportunity for structural engineers.

Wind turbine blades are highly engineered advanced composite material structures ranging from 15 m to 100+ m long and weighing from 1 to 50 tonnes each. Currently, blades are disposed of in landfills or incinerated, ground up for filler, or used in cement kilns as part of the feedstock.

Repurposing the decommissioned blades in buildings and infrastructure is a sustainable alternative to disposal or downcycling and aligns with current circular economy principles. The lecture will discuss current research and prototype structures developed by the Re-Wind Network.
 

Key learning outcomes

  • Learn about current and future wind blade decommissioning in the UK
  • Understand the need for sustainable End-of-Life solutions for wind blades
  • Discover how to determine the material and structural properties of a wind blade for repurposing
  • Learn about the use of EU code-based design procedures for FRP composite structures and how they can be applied to wind blades
  • Learn about current demonstration projects being conducted in the UK, Ireland and the US by the Re-Wind team


Intended for

Structural Engineers, Civil Engineers, Construction Engineers and Architects interested in reuse and repurposing of building materials and systems.
 

About the speaker

Lawrence Bank PhD

Lawrence is the lead investigator on the Re-Wind Project – a multi-national, multi-institutional research and development project developing solutions for the End-of-Life of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) wind turbine blades. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is currently a Research Engineer at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta USA. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 1985.

Contact

Email - [email protected]

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