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Initiation mechanism of transverse cracks in wind turbine blade trailing edge
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  • Jinghua Wang,
  • Leian Zhang,
  • Xuemei Huang,
  • Jinfeng Zhang,
  • Chengwei Yuan
Jinghua Wang
Shandong University of Technology
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Leian Zhang
Shandong University of Technology
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Xuemei Huang
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Jinfeng Zhang
China General Certification Center
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Chengwei Yuan
Shandong University of Technology
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Abstract

Transverse crack often occurs in the trailing edge region of the blade when it is subjected to excessive fatigue load in edgewise. In this paper a refined model was established through local mesh refinement methods in order to investigate the initiation mechanism of crack and its extension in blade trailing edge. The material stress around the crack in trailing edge region under different thicknesses is calculated based on the fracture mechanics theory. Then the coupons test is conducted to verify the simulation results. The factors affecting the fatigue robustness of blade trailing edge are concluded by investigating the results of finite element analysis and coupons test. In final, a practical design scheme to prevent crack initiation is given for the manufacture of wind turbine blade.