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FEATURE “Wind energy” Materials Materials technology for the wind energy market As the wind market matures, there is increasing focus on the cost of quality for blade manufacturing, and more attention is being paid to the efficiency of blade construction and asset/mould utilization. This market need has driven the development of new advanced materials that address these key issues. less desirable as they can add significant time to the shell manufacturing process. DAMIAN BANNISTER, DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION, PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS, GURIT T he manufacturing process of a wind turbine blade involves four key components: the root section; the structural spar or spar cap; the aerodynamic fairing or shell; and the surfacing solution. Each component has a distinct set of technology requirements and a wide variety of engineering and material solutions. The incorporation of these four elements into a finished blade also varies considerably from one blade manufacturer to another. However, all blade manufacturers have the common goal to increase quality and productivity, whilst simultaneously engineering the blades to reduce their cost. This article briefly outlines the composite processes used to manufacture these components, and highlights new material developments at Gurit that address these market requirements using advanced materials technology (Figure 1). The painting solution has the advantage of separating the surfacing process from the shell manufacturing, which reduces the technical complexity of the operation. The painting process is also a wellestablished technology that enables the manufacturer to draw on a larger pool of resources and expertise. However, the painting process still requires some form of in-mould primer to provide a suitable base for the painting operation. The primer provides a sandable surface which serves as a mechanical key for the paint, while reducing the number of surface defects such as pinholing and sink marks. To overcome these issues, Gurit has developed a number of products to provide a primer surface as an integrated component of the shell reinforcing material. This has the advantage of eliminating the priming step by using a wet system that has an associated application and tack-off time. For blades manufactured using prepreg and/or SPRINT™ materials, this product is known as SPRINT™IPT and is discussed in more detail below. Shells Shells typically contain triaxial glass and core materials with localized biaxial and UD reinforcements. They can be broadly categorized into two types according to their engineering design: the shell is either structural or non-structural. Structural shells include two UD spar caps running from the root to the tip of each half shell, which are later connected by bonded and over-laminated shear webs. Non-structural shells are reinforced by a structural spar component that has been assembled in a parallel production operation. This spar structure is normally completed with caps, shear webs and a root section. It is then bonded into the lightweight shell structure in the final blade assembly. In addition to this categorization, the type of shell component can then be further defined by the two common material processing routes: infusion or prepreg. Fig.1: Blade Schematic Surfacing The surfacing of a wind blade typically consists of an in-mould gelcoat, or an in-mould primer followed by a subsequent painting operation. In-mould gelcoats have no post-production treatment and therefore must provide full environmental stability and durability. These coatings have been used extensively on smaller blades (<30m), but as blades have become larger mould time has become more critical, and as a consequence in-mould gelcoats have become Infused shells The first stage of this process is the application of an in-mould primer or gelcoat into the mould. The coat provides either the final No40 May 2008 / JEC Composites Magazine

JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008

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NEWS WORLDWIDE | Companies
Nippon Graphite Fiber increases production capacity
World’s largest ECR glass fibre plant
CPIC and Abahsain set up glass fibre joint venture
Airbus negotiations called off in Germany
A400M static testing
Agenda of events
Equipment: non destructive control
BUSINESS
Market survey: India
Trends | Two major sustainable development challenges: raw materials and energy
Niche market | Taking up the rapid manufacturing challenge
Human capital |Choosing the right opportunity
FEATURE | Wind energy : Market update
History : Not just another windmill story
Process : An experimental vertical-axis wind turbine system
Composite manufacturing process for wind energy
Materials technology for the wind energy market
Equipment : The perfect mixture
USERS’ PLATFORM
Composites in the world : Bamboo helmet
Very exclusive business cards
World’s First Integrated Wind Turbines
Solar energy and hydrogen powered plane
Successful partners : Art nesting in a composite bower
Applications : A Hybrid composite carbody for korean tilting train
KNOW-HOW : Environment
Coupling agent : Composite stone
Process
Bonding : INDAR
Special Asia
News
Application
Products from exhibitors
Participating companies
Singapore today
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - CPIC and Abahsain set up glass fibre joint venture
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - A400M static testing
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Agenda of events
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Equipment: non destructive control
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - BUSINESS
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Market survey: India
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Trends | Two major sustainable development challenges: raw materials and energy
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Niche market | Taking up the rapid manufacturing challenge
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Human capital |Choosing the right opportunity
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - FEATURE | Wind energy : Market update
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - History : Not just another windmill story
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Process : An experimental vertical-axis wind turbine system
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Composite manufacturing process for wind energy
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Materials technology for the wind energy market
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Equipment : The perfect mixture
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - USERS’ PLATFORM
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Very exclusive business cards
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Solar energy and hydrogen powered plane
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Successful partners : Art nesting in a composite bower
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Applications : A Hybrid composite carbody for korean tilting train
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - KNOW-HOW : Environment
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Coupling agent : Composite stone
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Process
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Bonding : INDAR
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Special Asia
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - News
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - III
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Application
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Products from exhibitors
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Participating companies
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - VII
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #40 - May 2008 - Singapore today
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