Concrete Structures for Wind Turbines

By Jurgen Grunberg, Joachim Gohlmann, Frank Fingerloos, Johann-Dietrich Werner


The wind energy industry in Germany has an excellent global standing when it comes to the development and construction of wind turbines. Germany is currently the world’s largest market for wind energy. The ongoing development of ever more powerful wind turbines plus additional requirements for the design and construction of their offshore foundation structures exceeds the actual experience gained so far in the various disciplines concerned.

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the planning and structural analysis of reinforced and prestressed concrete wind turbine towers for both onshore and offshore installations. Wind turbines are structures subjected to highly dynamic loading patterns. Therefore, when designing loadbearing structures, fatigue effects – and not just maximum loads – are extremely important, especially in the connections and joints of concrete and hybrid structures. Multi-axial stress conditions – so far not covered by the design codes – occur in such structures. The specific actions, the non-linear behaviour and the modelling for the structural analysis are explained. Design and verification with a focus on fatigue are addressed. The chapter on construction includes hybrid structures, segmental construction of prestressed concrete towers and offshore wind turbine foundations.

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Publication date:
Beton-Kalender Series
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)


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