Fibre composite windmill structure - investigations and design considerations

Omar, T. and Aravinthan, T. (2008) Fibre composite windmill structure - investigations and design considerations. In: 20th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM 20): Futures in Mechanics of Structures and Materials , 2-5 Dec 2008, Toowoomba, Australia.

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During the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the University of Southern Queensland, an artistic concept was put to merge the Australian tradition of using windmills with the advanced usage of composite materials. With the main structural system based on fibre composite sandwich construction, its behavioural issues and failure modes are presented. The FE modelling considerations for this type of structure is presented. Limited experimental program was conducted to investigate the behaviour of sandwich panel under compression and verify the test results with the FE analysis approach. To assess the suitability of the connection between the fibre composite tower and the footing, prototype brackets that comprised from all-composite infill and steel plate infill were tested under tension to assess their load carrying capacity. This experiment showed that using all-composite brackets achieved higher capacity when compared to composite skins filled with steel plate. The paper concludes with general discussion of using composites for the main structural elements.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2009 Taylor & Francis Group, London. Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2009 01:31
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2014 01:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: windmill design; fibre composites; tower design
Fields of Research : 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: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8703 Construction Materials Performance and Processes > 870302 Metals (e.g. Composites, Coatings, Bonding)

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