Our novel configuration concept removes the requirement for over-engineering in terms of jointing and compressive instability, and manufacturing is simplified. This provides opportunities for weight saving, improved reliability, faster manufacture and lower cost. Finally, the design is scalable, offering benefits to composite blades of all sizes.
Our Consortium will research the detailed design, materials and manufacturing solutions required to exploit the HPC-Blade concept. Blades up to 6m in length will be tested within this project to prove the technology and facilitate SME exploitation.
Application of the design philosophy and features to large scale turbine blades will require proof-of-principle results from this project and longer term testing. We will then seek to secure licensing arrangements with global wind turbine manufacturers. The HPC-Blade project provides the Consortium with opportunities to expand the IP landscape.