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FEATURE “Wind Energy” Composite wind turbine blade design: leveraging aerospace advances Composite materials are ideal for producing lightweight blades with tremendous performance capabilities, yet their structural complexity raises a number of issues in terms of optimizing design and manufacturing methods. From a design and manufacturing standpoint, wind turbine blades have many similarities to helicopter rotorcraft blades and other aerospace structures. As the wind blade industry is working hard to improve manufacturing efficiency and address blade failure issues, wind turbine manufacturers have the unique opportunity to adapt and apply the best practices that have been developed and refined by the aerospace industry over several decades. Most causes of failure can be attributed to sub-standard design and manufacturing practices. The root of the problem may be that nearly all composite blades are currently designed on basic CAD systems intended for solid metal and plastic parts that are far less complex than today’s sophisticated, multi-layered composites. The limited capabilities of traditional CAD systems means that analysis and manufacturing engineering are carried out in separate and disconnected environments, creating inefficiencies and introducing the potential for error. RANI RICHARDSON, CATIA PLM COMPOSITES CONSULTANT, DASSAULT SYSTÈMES omposites dominate the wind turbine blade market due to their superior fatigue characteristics and stiffness-toweight ratio, their unique ability to create complex geometries, and their potential for aero-elastic tailoring. The ability to tailor composites to specific loads and other requirements is among their greatest strengths, but this also increases the complexity of the design process. C Applying lessons learned in the rotorcraft blade industry From a design and manufacturing standpoint, wind turbine blades have many similarities to helicopter rotorcraft blades. Wind turbine blades and rotorcraft blades are both primarily subjected to aerodynamic pressure loads. Taking into account best practices learned from the rotorcraft blade industry, Dassault Systèmes has developed CATIA Composites Design, a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution that provides a dramatic improvement over conventional CAD systems by providing a complete end-to-end solution for preliminary design, engineering detailed design, manufacturing detailed design and manufacturing export. The similarities between wind turbine and rotorcraft blades mean that these best practices can integrate structural zone-based modelling into the design environment or grid-based approach using analysis thickness laws or stacking sequences at the beginning of the part’s lifecycle. Either design approach saves large amounts of data entry time, which can be devoted to more productive tasks and innovation. It also becomes possible to generate conceptual solids to quickly integrate the composite part in the mock-up, enable concurrent engineering with mating parts, and even provide preliminary input for tooling to start Traditional wind turbine blade design issues Optimizing blade properties is critical to delivering the required bending strength and fatigue performance while minimizing cost and weight. The properties of composite blades can be tightly controlled and varied over their span through the appropriate selection of ply orientation, thickness and lay-up. With high hopes riding on this alternative energy source, the wind turbine blade industry is working hard to improve manufacturing efficiency and address blade failure issues, but challenges remain great, with failure rates as high as 20% within Preliminary grid-based design with CATIA Composites three years. Design. 34 jec composites magazine / No49 June 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009

Cover
Index
Contents
- NEWS WORLDWIDE -
CompaniesMergers and acquisitions /Opening/Development /Partnership
3B: a high-quality fibreglass supplier
DK Composites: a player that has made a name for itself
Agenda of events
Equipment Innovative robotic solutions for fibre placement
- BUSINESS -
Market survey Indian distributors of raw materials for composites
Trends Subcontracting in aviation: a rapidly changing sector
Niche market Composites conform to creation
Human capital NCC: a global source for commercialization, manufacturing acceleration and incubation
- FEATURE -
Market 2009-2013: no slow-down in global wind developments
Design Composite wind turbine blade design: leveraging aerospace advances
Reinforcement New composite hybrid reinforcements for the wind turbine industry
Resins Advanced epoxy technology for wind turbine blades
Foam Breakthrough in structural PET foam core materials
Adhesive Turbine blade bonding
Production Automated blade production for wind energy plants
UT scans to ensure blade quality
Application An innovative composite wind turbine: for homeowners and professionals
- USERS’ PLATFORM -
Composites in the world - An astonishing chair
 - “Light car - Open Source”
The Greenbirdproject: 203 km/h just using wind
Lightweight hand-launched glider
Successful partners Innovative architectural cladding
Application GRP pipe system for Cancéropôle stormwater network
Composite system has capital solution for park odours
Composite drives team in first zero-emission race
- KNOW-HOW -
Materials Fibre-reinforced cores
Release agents Mould release system for the marine industry
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Index
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Contents
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - CompaniesMergers and acquisitions /Opening/Development /Partnership
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - 3B: a high-quality fibreglass supplier
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - DK Composites: a player that has made a name for itself
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Agenda of events
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Equipment Innovative robotic solutions for fibre placement
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - - BUSINESS -
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Market survey Indian distributors of raw materials for composites
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Trends Subcontracting in aviation: a rapidly changing sector
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Niche market Composites conform to creation
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Human capital NCC: a global source for commercialization, manufacturing acceleration and incubation
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - - FEATURE -
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Market 2009-2013: no slow-down in global wind developments
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Design Composite wind turbine blade design: leveraging aerospace advances
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Reinforcement New composite hybrid reinforcements for the wind turbine industry
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Resins Advanced epoxy technology for wind turbine blades
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Foam Breakthrough in structural PET foam core materials
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Adhesive Turbine blade bonding
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Production Automated blade production for wind energy plants
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - UT scans to ensure blade quality
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Application An innovative composite wind turbine: for homeowners and professionals
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - - USERS’ PLATFORM -
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 -  - “Light car - Open Source”
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Lightweight hand-launched glider
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Successful partners Innovative architectural cladding
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Application GRP pipe system for Cancéropôle stormwater network
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Composite system has capital solution for park odours
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Composite drives team in first zero-emission race
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - - KNOW-HOW -
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Materials Fibre-reinforced cores
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #49 - June 2009 - Release agents Mould release system for the marine industry
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