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WIND TURBINE ROTOR BLADES WITH SUPPORT FLANGES

United States Patent Application

20160177918
A1
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Rotor blades for 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, an airfoil structure supported by the structural support member, and a support flange connecting the airfoil structure to the structural support member. The support flange includes a first wall connected to the structural support member, a second wall connected to the airfoil structure, and a connection wall that extends between the first wall and the second wall.
Caruso, Christopher Daniel (Greenville, SC), Yarbrough, Aaron Alpheus (Clemson, SC)
General Electric Company
14/ 574,536
December 18, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT [0001] This invention was partially made with government support under government contract No. DE-AR0000293 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights to this invention.