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HWS | San Sebastian · SPAIN

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HWS | San Sebastian · SPAIN

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«Concrete Towers for Wind Turbines and Structural Damping» (HWS)

The wind market is demanding higher wind turbines, and even though engineers are doing a great job optimizing current steel towers, we are about to reach the limit of this technology. 

As an example, this video shows a slender wind turbine vibrating at its second bending mode excited probably by high wind velocities. 

 

  • How much is this phenomenon affecting the fatigue life of the system? 
  • Have we reached the boundaries of steel tower designs?

Hybrid or full-concrete towers could avoid these vibrations thanks to their higher structural damping. Could an ancient material—like concrete—be the solution?