6. Wind Turbine Materials and Components

  1. J. F. Manwell1,
  2. J. G. McGowan1 and
  3. A. L. Rogers2

Published Online: 28 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781119994367.ch6

Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application, Second Edition

Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application, Second Edition

How to Cite

Manwell, J. F., McGowan, J. G. and Rogers, A. L. (2009) Wind Turbine Materials and Components, in Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119994367.ch6

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts, USA

  2. 2

    DNV – Global Energy Concepts, Washington, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 18 DEC 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470015001

Online ISBN: 9781119994367



  • wind turbine materials and components - commonly used in wind turbines;
  • material fatigue, materials withstanding a load once - not surviving if the load is applied, removed, and applied again;
  • fatigue in wind turbines - wind turbines, subject to cyclic loads;
  • fatigue life characterization;
  • cumulative damage and miner's rule - experiencing multiple load cycles of different amplitudes;
  • load cycles of different amplitude;
  • technique, known as rainflow cycle counting - identifying alternating stress cycles and mean stresses from time series of randomly applied loads;
  • couplings of two major pieces - one attached to each shaft, kept from rotating relative to shaft by a key;
  • Wood–Epoxy Saturation Technique (WEST) - wind turbine blades, of wood–epoxy laminates, similar to wet lay-up fiberglass;
  • nacelle housing, weather protection for wind turbine components - in the nacelle


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Overview

  • Material Fatigue

  • Wind Turbine Materials

  • Machine Elements

  • Principal Wind Turbine Components

  • References