New progress in self-healing technology of composite wind turbine blades
Patlolla, Vamsidhar Reddy
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Vamsidhar Reddy Patlolla, Amir Jabbarnia. (2012). New Progress in Self-Healing Technology of Composite Wind Turbine Blades. -- In Proceedings: 8th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.113
Wind turbine blades are subjected to cyclic loadings, resulting in the development of micro and nanocracks, which in course of time becomes macro cracks, thus leading to fatigue and failure. The concept of self-healing composite materials might be introduced into the blade manufacturing to reduce the cost and to increase the life expectancy of the turbine blades. This can be performed by introducing urea-formaldehyde (UF) micro capsules into the epoxy matrix of the composite materials. The urea-formaldehyde microcapsules are filled with dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) which acts as the healing agent. When DCPD is introduced into the crack of the epoxy matrix, it reacts with a catalyst in the matrix and heals the cracks. The dispersion of nanoscale inclusions in the epoxy matrix has the potential of increasing the mechanical properties of the polymer composite in a great deal. When the nanoscale inclusions are used as reinforcements in the composite material, the rate of crack growth could be considerably reduced. This work deals with the self-healing of the wind turbine rotor blades, we used different nanoscale inclusions in the microspheres of DCPD to increase the healed fracture toughness and avoid crack regrowth. It is believed that this process potentially increases the service life of the composite wind blades and reduces the overall costs.
First Place winner of poster presentations at the 8th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, April 18, 2012.
Research completed at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering