Master English 5 ECTS

Materials for Wind Energy – course

Materials for Wind Energy

During this course, you will get an introduction to the materials used in wind turbines and the loads they are subjected to.

You will learn about materials structures and properties, with special emphasis on its requirements when used in a wind turbine.

Simplify the wind turbine to 4 connected cantilever beams (the tower and the three blades), and the load and required material properties are addressed.

You will learn about the procedure of extracting the material properties and lifetime from experimental measurements.

Focusing on the composite material used in the wind turbine blades, you will work with tailoring, predicting and measuring the mechanical properties of composites.

Learning objectives

After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • List, classify and explain the main requirements of the structural materials used in a wind turbine
  • Classify the sustainability of the material choice
  • Calculate simple load cases for cantilever beams representing the tower and blades
  • Perform data-analysis of measurements from mechanical material test
  • Describe a testing strategy for measurements of the governing mechanical properties of composites
  • Perform data-analysis and and lifetime predictions from fatigue test
  • Describe the configuration of typical composite materials for wind turbines, and their manufacturing process
  • Predict stiffness and strength of unidirectional composites
  • Describe the concept behind damage tolerant materials
  • Analyse fatigue crack growth in materials


Admission to the course requires a B.Sc. or B.Eng. degree or higher and at least, two years of relevant working experience.

The relevant working experience could be – but is not necessarily restricted to – employment in:

  • The wind energy industry.
  • Oil and gas companies.
  • Shipping companies.
  • Companies performing environmental assessment.
  • Public agencies with responsibilities related to engineering and natural sciences.
  • Since the programme is taught in English, you must have proficient English skills.

Recommended prerequisites
In addition to the admission requirements above, we strongly recommend that you have mathematics and programming skills equivalent to B.Sc. or B.Eng. level or higher.

Technical requirements 
You will need a PC with a stable internet connection to follow this online course.

Course platform
All master courses run on the web based course platform DTU Learn. Once you access the platform, all the courses you are signed up for, become available for you – after the semester start day.

Learning online

The course is divided in 13 modules, one per week in the semester. Each module includes a combination of video lectures, exercises, quizzes and/or reading material depending on the module. This course material is available any time to allow for flexible studying conditions.

Furthermore, you are offered weekly live Q&A sessions to get in dialogue with the course lecturer and fellow participants.


The course is concluded with an oral exam, conducted online.

Sign up and prices

You can follow the course as a single course or as part of the programme Master in Wind Energy.

Single course

If you wish to follow this course as a single course, please add the course to the basket and fill in the required information.

Part of the Online Master of Wind Energy

You can study this course as part of the Master in Wind Energy. If you wish to follow the course as part of the full Master’s programme, please go the the site for the Online Master in Wind Energy, click the sign up button, and follow the instructions.


Courses of 5 ECTS points15,000 DKK
Final Project of 15 ECTS points38,000 DKK
Full Master’s programme173,000 DKK

The state subsidy for part-time education is determined in the Finance Act for one year at a time. DTU reserves the right to make any adjustments to the participant payment.



13 weeks

Start 1 September

15.000,00 DKK