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Perspective for Fibre-Hybrid Composites in Wind Energy Applications

Department of Materials Engineering, KU Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44 bus 2450, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
Academic Editor: Leon Mishnaevsky Jr.
Materials 2017, 10(11), 1281;
Received: 3 October 2017 / Revised: 28 October 2017 / Accepted: 5 November 2017 / Published: 8 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Composites for Wind Energy Applications)
Increasing the efficiency of wind turbines will be vital for the wind energy sector to continue growing. The drive for increased efficiency is pushing turbine manufacturers to shift from glass fibre composite blades towards carbon/glass fibre-hybrid composite blades. This shift brings significant challenges in terms of optimising the design and understanding the failure of these new blade materials. This review therefore surveys the literature on fibre-hybrid composites, with an emphasis on aspects that are relevant for turbine blade materials. The literature on tensile, flexural, compressive, and fatigue performance is critically assessed and areas for future research are identified. Numerical simulations of fibre-hybrid composites have reached a reasonable maturity for tensile failure, but significant progress is required for flexural, compressive, and fatigue failure. Fatigue failure of fibre-hybrid composites in particular, requires more careful attention from both a modelling and experimental point of view. View Full-Text
Keywords: fibre-hybrid composites; wind turbine blades; hybrid effects; flexure; fatigue fibre-hybrid composites; wind turbine blades; hybrid effects; flexure; fatigue
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Swolfs, Y. Perspective for Fibre-Hybrid Composites in Wind Energy Applications. Materials 2017, 10, 1281.

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