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Title: Wind turbine rotor blades with load-transferring exterior panels

Rotor blades for a wind turbines include a structural support member disposed internal the rotor blade that extends for at least a portion of a rotor blade span length and an airfoil structure supported by the structural support member, the airfoil structure comprising a shell portion and at least one load-transferring exterior panel. The shell portion and the at least one load-transferring exterior panel combine to form an aerodynamic profile comprising a leading edge opposite a trailing edge and a pressure side opposite a suction side. Moreover, the shell portion and the at least one load-transferring exterior panel are independently connected to the structural support member.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1459660
Assignee:
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY) HQPR
Patent Number(s):
10,006,436
Application Number:
14/574,523
Contract Number:
AR0000293
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2014 Dec 18
Research Org:
General Electric Company, Schenectady, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English