Magnification of strength and ductility demand on wind turbine towers due to earthquake and wind load

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In earthquake prone areas, wind and earthquake loads are assumed to be statistically uncorrelated, therefore their interaction is ignored by existing design guidelines. However, the fact that strong earthquake events are commonly followed by aftershocks and that wind is constantly flowing at high speeds around wind farms increase the probability of their joint occurrence, thus making current design assumptions questionable. This investigation shows that multi-hazard scenarios magnify strength demands of wind turbine towers designed against isolated load conditions, hence modifying their performance level. It is also shown that, under certain conditions, the probabilities associated to the joint occurrence of earthquake and low to strong wind events match or exceed those related to the original design, thus rendering wind energy infrastructure susceptible to unforeseen damage.


Original languageEnglish
JournalInstitution of Civil Engineers. Proceedings. Structures and Buildings
Early online date23 May 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 May 2018