Structural analysis of a roof extracted from a wind turbine blade

Thumbnail Image
Gentry, T. Russell
Al-Haddad, Tristan
Bank, Lawrence C.
Arias, Franco R.
Nagle, Angela
Leahy, Paul G.
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
American Society of Civil Engineers
Research Projects
Organizational Units
Journal Issue
The objective of this research is to demonstrate that parts of decommissioned wind turbine blades can be repurposed for infrastructure applications for a sustainable future of the wind power industry. The purpose of this paper was to develop a methodology to conduct detailed structural engineering design of composite material parts extracted from wind turbine blades. A large section extracted from a 100-m long blade was repurposed as a roof for a small (approximately 40 m2) single-story masonry house. Geometric and material properties were taken from the blade design documents. A three-dimensional graphical model was created from the exterior surface and material layups. The roof was designed using the load and resistance factor design method familiar to civil engineers. Analysis of stresses and defections was conducted using hand calculations and the finite element method. The results of the analyses showed that the roof is within code mandated stress and deflection limits. The methodology developed could be applied to other wind blade repurposing concepts.
Recycling , Repurposing , Design , Finite element analysis , Wind turbine blades
Gentry, T. R., Al-Haddad, T., Bank, L. C., Arias, F. R., Nagle, A. and Leahy, P. (2020) 'Structural Analysis of a Roof Extracted from a Wind Turbine Blade', Journal of Architectural Engineering, 26(4), 04020040. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)AE.1943-5568.0000440
© 2020, American Society of Civil Engineers. This material may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The published article may be found at