Omar, T. and Aravinthan, T. (2009) Design and development of a fibre composite windmill structure. Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, 10 (1). pp. 25-36. ISSN 1328-7982
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This paper presents the case study of designing the University of Southern Queensland windmill fibre composite tower - from developing the structural concept, and showing the importance of the early coordination between the design and manufacturing. With the main structural system based on sandwich construction, its behavioural issues and failure modes are discussed. As there is no design codes or guidelines that can be located in literature, engineering judgement, understanding of the basic modes of failure, and the manufacturing limitations and tolerances are essential in developing the appropriate design. The finite element modelling considerations and their complementary experimental results are presented. The paper concludes with general discussion of using composites for the main structural elements.
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|Additional Information:||Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||fibre composites; windmill; sandwich construction; manufacturing; finite element modelling|
|Fields of Research (FOR2008):||09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering|
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
|Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008):||B Ecomonic Development > 87 Construction > 8702 Construction Design > 870299 Construction Design not elsewhere classified|
B Ecomonic Development > 87 Construction > 8704 Construction Processes > 870401 Civil Construction Processes
|Deposited On:||22 Jun 2010 19:04|
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