Modeling and Calibration of Small-scale Wind Turbine Blade
Paper in proceeding, 2014

The SEM Substructuring Focus Group has chosen an Ampair 600W wind turbine to be used as a test bed in the continued efforts to further experimental and experimental-analytical substructure coupling techniques. To assess such coupling techniques, validated models of the parts, the substructures considered, play a crucial role. This paper describes the modeling, calibration and validation of a Finite Element (FE) model of a blade for the test bed turbine. State-of-the-art composite material modeling is used to set up the model, which is calibrated and validated based on results from an ambitious measurement campaign including both nondestructive testing for dynamic properties and dedicated destructive tests for deduction of material properties. The measurement campaign is carefully described in the paper.

vibration testing

model calibration

wind turbines

mechanical testing

modal analysis


Anders Johansson


Carl-Johan Lindholm

CCG Composites Consulting Group

Majid Khorsand Vakilzadeh


Thomas Abrahamsson


Topics in Experimental Dynamic Substructuring, Volume 2, Proceedings of the 31st IMAC, A Conference on Structural Dynamics, 2013

2191-5644 (ISSN)

Vol. 36 2 51-58

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