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Faculty Mentor

Shawn Duan

Abstract

Large wind turbines have become an appealing choice for renewable electrical energy production throughout the world. The United States Midwest contains massive potential for wind energy development and is therefore being primed for large wind turbines to harvest this resource and bring it to market. Because of this, safety concerns have arisen in regard to their ability to withstand the harsh climate of the region. Analysis of the transverse vibration caused by severe weather will be preformed. A simplified model will allow for an analytical solution and displacement graphs produced with MATLAB code. This information will allow for an unbiased conclusion about large wind turbine safety.

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