Design and development of a fibre composite windmill structure

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


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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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Institution of Engineers Australia, 2009. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. Reviewed and revised version of a paper originally presented at the Australasian Structural Engineering Conference (ASEC) 2008, 26-27 June 2008, Melbourne, Victoria. Published in AJSE Online 2009, pp. 25-36
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2010 09:04
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2014 01:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: fibre composites; windmill; sandwich construction; manufacturing; finite element modelling
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 > 8702 Construction Design > 870299 Construction Design not elsewhere classified
B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8704 Construction Processes > 870401 Civil Construction Processes

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