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Windtech International July August 2024 issue

 

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Problems of a Reliable Connection between Steel Tower and Concrete Foundation

ImageThe construction of wind energy converters is normally based on an expected lifetime of 20 years. This assumption is made when designing the mechanical parts of the engine and the reinforced concrete foundation. However, in some cases defects occur much earlier and raise questions of serviceability, stability and durability. This article deals with the problems of how to connect a steel tower to a reinforced concrete foundation. It shows the possible damage that might occur and an example of reconstruction.

By Marc Gutermann, managing partner, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Steffens Ing., Germany
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