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Shanzhong (Shawn) Duan

Abstract

This paper analyzes the bolts and screws necessary to secure a certain wind turbine design to a silo. The analysis is divided into two major segments. First is the determination of maximum wind velocity and the resultant forces from the given wind conditions. The resultant force is determined from the dynamic pressure caused by the wind velocity and the surface area of the wind turbine blades. Second is carrying out the fatigue analysis to ensure the chosen bolts and screws will not fail. This is done through the use of a Goodman line diagram. In order for the fatigue design to be carried out, an initial bolt size had to be assumed and then the calculations determined if the assumption was sufficient.

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