Introducing the C1 Wedge Connection

Koen Erwin Yvonne Creusen, George Misios, Jasper Stefan Winkes*, Milan Veljkovic

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Abstract

Increasing loads on the connections of tubular towers that support wind turbines are making the traditional bolted L-flange more challenging to design, while the large mass of components and tools make installation challenging from a safety perspective. The C1 Wedge Connection is a symmetrical connection between tubular sections. The connection consists of a cylindrical lower flange and a fork-shaped upper flange that slides over the lower flange. Both flanges have radial elongated holes distributed along the perimeter allowing the C1 fasteners to pull the two flanges together. The fastener assembly of the C1 Wedge Connection uses a small, horizontally placed bolt to pull two wedges together. The wedges transform and magnify the horizontal bolt force into a larger preload between the flanges by pulling them together. The orientation of the bolt in the fastener prevents significant load fluctuations under external loading. As a result, unlike a bolted L-flange, the C1 Wedge Connection is less susceptible to preload loss, thereby eliminating the need for regular maintenance and inspection. The scalability of the C1 Wedge Connection makes it suitable for larger loads. These larger loads are expected with increasing size of wind turbines and when connections are used in more demanding locations such as hurricane and seismic conditions or where connections are subjected to high dynamic loads caused by extreme wave conditions or on floating foundations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-25
Number of pages13
JournalSteel Construction
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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Keywords

  • Entwurf und Konstruktion
  • Mast- und Turmbau
  • Sonderkonstruktionen
  • Verbindungs- und Befestigungsmittel

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