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Design Framework for Comparing Wind Turbine Tower Erection Methods

By Dana Elizabeth Wolkiewicz, Holly Christine Ganser, Melissa Ann Samaroo and Siena Bea Mamayek

Abstract

Costs associated with turbine towers can account for more than half of the total project cost. The goal of this project was to compare two erection methods (crane and tilt-up) by analyzing stresses on the tower during construction and operation. An Excel spreadsheet was created to perform design calculations, considering stresses in the tower wall. These analyses were applied to existing turbine towers in Princeton, MA, and alternative tower designs. Cost estimates were prepared, and results were compared in $/kW

Publisher: Digital WPI
Year: 2014
OAI identifier: oai:digitalcommons.wpi.edu:mqp-all-1476
Provided by: DigitalCommons@WPI

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