ITHEC 2016 Manuscript C4

ITHEC 2016 Manuscript C4

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Author: Hubert Borgmann
Length: 4 page(s)
Language: English
Written: Oct 2016
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Category: Sciences & Research » Engineering  |  Work: Fachartikel
Keywords: Thermoplastic Composites, Thermoplastic Foams, Sandwich Materials, Wind Blades

Manuscript C4 published in Conference Proceedings ITHEC 2016

Wind Blades Using Cost-Effective Advanced Lightweight Design - Innovative Solutions for Wind
Blades Made of Advanced Thermoplastic Materials

F. Rapp, B. Beck, T. Huber
Fraunhofer ICT, Pfinztal, Germany

Wind energy is generally considered to be the most promising renewable energy source. In order to improve the technological and economic efficiency, the blade length has to be increased. However, a major challenge is the total weight of the blades, which limits this enlargement.
The four-year European-funded project WALiD, which started in 2013, combines process, material and design innovations in an integrated approach. The core innovation is the use of advanced thermoplastic composites. This creates cost-efficient, lightweight, durable and recyclable blades with a beneficial weight/performance ratio, making wind energy more affordable and competitive. WALiD will introduce a holistic concept focusing on the areas of blade root, tip, shell core, spar and coating in an automated production process. The current material developments in thermoplastic composites, foams and sandwich parts are described in the present paper.

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Project Manager ACTUATOR, International Conference and Exhibition on New Actuators and Drive Systems, Bremen, Germany, and Editor of the ACTUATOR Conference Proceedings (
Project Manager ITHEC, International Conference and Exhibition on Thermoplastic Composites, Bremen, Germany, and Editor of the ITHEC Conference Proceedings (

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