Probabilistic Fatigue Model for Reinforced Concrete Onshore Wind Turbine Foundations

Sergio Marquez-Dominguez, John Dalsgaard Sørensen

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Reinforced Concrete Slab Foundation (RCSF) is the most common onshore wind turbine foundation type installed by the wind industry around the world. Fatigue cracks in a RCSF are an important issue to be considered by the designers. Causes and consequences of the cracks due to fatigue damage in RCSFs are discussed in this paper. A probabilistic fatigue model for a RCSF is established which makes a rational treatment of the uncertainties involved in the complex interaction between fatigue cyclic loads and reinforced concrete. Design and limit state equations are established considering concrete shear capacity in combination with fatigue damage based on design principles in the Eurocodes. The stochastic model is developed to cover the ‘concrete shear-fatigue capacity’ illustrated by an example considering the
reliability assessment on a RCSF.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafety, Reliability and Risk Anaysis: Beyond the Horizon : Proccedings of the European safety and reliability conference, Esrel 2013, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 29 september - 2 October 2013
EditorsR.D.J.M. Steenbergen, P.H.A.J.M. van Gelder, S. Miraglia, A.C.W.M. Vrouwenvelder
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Press
Publication date2013
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-00123-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-81559-6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventEuropean Safety and Reliability Conference 2013 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 29 Sep 20132 Oct 2013


ConferenceEuropean Safety and Reliability Conference 2013

Bibliographical note

Incorrect publishing date in Book of Abstracts, set to 2014, not 2013


  • Wind Turbines
  • Fatigue Concrete
  • Shear Capacity
  • Reliability
  • Stochastic Model
  • Reinforced Concrete Slab Foundation

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