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Polymer Mechanics Laboratory

Research > Energy harvesting for composite wind turbine blades

The research done in energy harvesting for composite wind turbine blades involves a novel approach for realizing a self-powered wireless structural health monitoring (SHM) system to improve the reliability and lifetime and reduce wind turbine life-cycle costs. The final integrated product will be capable of being surface mounted to wind turbine blades (i.e. can be retrofit to existing wind turbines). Recent technological developments in energy harvesting materials and fabrication processes along with commercially available low power telemetry modules make these technology advancements a possibility for the first time. Full abstracts are included below, along with links to presentations and publications.