Prior to the production of prototypes, adhesive tests have hitherto only been undertaken on coupon specimens. Researchers at Fraunhofer IWES, together with industrial partners, have now developed a subcomponent test as an intermediate step. This provides additional understanding of material behavior on a structure-relevant scale. This more comprehensive approach reduces uncertainty for scale-up process to subcomponent design stage.
The aim of the UpWind project was to develop accurate, verified tools and component concepts for very large wind turbines (8-10 MW), both onshore and offshore. Ever longer rotor blades are being used for multi-megawatt wind turbines. They usually consist of two half-shells, which are bonded together with special adhesive. The loads that act on the bonded joint and the requirement for a service life of 20 years put extreme demands on the bond line. The latter can have a thickness of about 10 millimeters and a length of about 60 meters.More realistic load distribution
enhanced by parallel industry projects done with Henkel. A “beam in bending” test methodology that was has been developed in collaboration with Henkel was the starting point of the improvement.
“Knowledge of the physical properties of our products under in-service conditions is essential for successful applications,” explains Felix Kleiner, Manager of Adhesive Engineering at Henkel AG & Co. KGaA. “The new test method allows economic evaluation of different adhesives and design variations”. The base model that was used for this was an I-beam - a model which takes into account two bonded seams between spar cap - shear web - spar cap.Enhanced understanding of material behavior
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