Faculty Advisor

Albano, Leonard D.

Abstract

Costs associated with turbine towers can account for more than half of the total project cost. The goal of this project was to compare two erection methods (crane and tilt-up) by analyzing stresses on the tower during construction and operation. An Excel spreadsheet was created to perform design calculations, considering stresses in the tower wall. These analyses were applied to existing turbine towers in Princeton, MA, and alternative tower designs. Cost estimates were prepared, and results were compared in $/kW.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014

Major

Civil Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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