1 Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark2 Department of Wind Energy, Technical University of Denmark3 unknown
The major results of Phase 2 of a project concerning the development of new design methods for wind turbine blades are summarised. Finite element models were used for studying the buckling behaviour of a box girder, tested to failure in Phase 1 of thisproject. The deformation behaviour of a box girder section subjected to transverse forces was investigated experimentally and by modelling. Buckling-driven delamination of planar specimens was studied on experimentally and by modelling. A novel approachwas proposed for the determination of mixed mode cohesive laws for large-scale crack bridging problems. The normal and shear stresses of the cohesive laws were obtained from data of the fracture resistance and the normal and tangential displacements ofthe cohesive zone. Delamination of a thin layer bonded to an elastic substrate close to corners and edges was also analysed. Results for the shape of the interface crack front and critical stress for steady-state delamination were obtained.