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|Title: ||Seismic Analysis of Steel Wind Turbine Towers in the Canadian Environment|
|Authors: ||Nuta, Elena|
|Advisor: ||Christopoulos, Constantin|
Packer, Jeffrey A.
|Department: ||Civil Engineering|
|Keywords: ||wind turbine tower|
incremental dynamic analysis
probability of damage
|Issue Date: ||6-Apr-2010|
|Abstract: ||The seismic response of steel monopole wind turbine towers is investigated and their risk is assessed in the Canadian seismic environment. This topic is of concern as wind turbines are increasingly being installed in seismic areas and design codes do not clearly address this aspect of design. An implicit finite element model of a 1.65MW tower was developed and validated. Incremental dynamic analysis was carried out to evaluate its behaviour under seismic excitation, to define several damage states, and to develop a framework for determining its probability of damage. This framework was implemented in two Canadian locations, where the risk was found to be low for the seismic hazard level prescribed for buildings. However, the design of wind turbine towers is subject to change, as is the design spectrum. Thus, a methodology is outlined to thoroughly investigate the probability of reaching predetermined damage states under seismic loading for future considerations.|
|Appears in Collections:||Master|
Department of Civil Engineering - Master theses
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