Blade Manufacturing And Composites - Wind Power Monthly Conference

Blade Manufacturing And Composites - Wind Power Conference

Blade Manufacturing And Composites Forum - Tuesday 12 May
08:20

Conference Registration & Refreshments

08:40

Welcome Address 

William Kendrick, Publisher, Windpower Monthly 

08:50

Chair's Opening Comments

Andrew Bellamy, Project Director - 8MW Rotor, AREVA

09:00

The Global Evolution Of Composite Wind Blades

  • Reflecting on European and global trends in design and selection of materials for wind blade composites – how far have they come?
  • Historic and future trends in materials and technology – where will the composites manufacturing industry go next?
  • The evolving wind industry’s influence on selection of high performance materials

Andrew Bellamy, Project Director - 8MW Rotor, AREVA

09:20

Innovative Composite Wind Blade Design Solutions

  • Analysing key composites strategies and current production methods
  • Composite material vs. design: which comes first?
  • Determining the optimum material for large onshore blades - what are the criteria?
  • Carbon fibre reinforcements for blades – advantages and challenges
  • Analysing the relationship between materials research and blade design tests

Christian Vogl, Project Manager Rotor Blades, Nordex

09:50

Panel Discussion: Designing For Manufacturing

  • Designing the composite material: using smart materials
  • Bringing down the cost of blades: carbon fibre vs glass fibre
  • Cost vs performance
  • Developing composite blades that will withstand operational requirements and last the life-cycle of wind farms
  • Assessing the range of manufacturing processes and variants
  • Encouraging investment and innovation in the production process
  • Blade failures and strategies for mitigating risk in processing

Panellists Include:

John Rimmer, Director of Materials and Process (Blades), VESTAS Wind Systems UK

Kirsten Dyer, Research Materials Engineer, ORE Catapult

Povl Brøndsted, Research Specialist - Composites and Materials, DTU Wind Energy

10:50

Networking Break And Morning Refreshments

11:20

Funding Mechanisms For Advanced Composites R&D

  • The European framework – EC Horizon 2020 and UK TSB funding programmes
  • How to access R&D grant funding – the application and negotiation process
  • What other commercial sources are available and how to attract key stakeholders

Ajay Kapadia, Knowledge Transfer Manager – Advanced Composites, Knowledge Transfer Network

11:40

Advanced Design And Analysis Software Tools

  • Streamlined end-to end process for moving from conceptual design to manufacturing
  • Design based simulation of the manufacturing process
  • Design for manufacturability
  • Using software to enhance engineering methodologies
  • Balancing aerodynamic performance with structural integrity
  • Creating a flexible design environment to create innovative, durable and lightweight blades

Hans Dekker, Software Scientist – Wind Turbine Materials and Constructions, Knowledge Centre WMC

12:10

Simulation In Wind Blade Design And Operation

  • Structural considerations in composite wind blade design 
  • Aerodynamic optimization in wind blade design 
  • Effect of terrain and array configuration on blade performance
John Lin, FEA Engineer, Ansys
12:40

Automated Wind Blade Development From Root To Tip

  • Choosing the appropriate target structure for automation
  • Partnering with material suppliers, end users and OEM’s
  • Analysing the technical and economic results
  • Ensuring risk-free performance in dealing with complicated design shapes

To join this session please contact Heather Smith at heather.smith@haymarket.com +44 (0) 20 8267 4785

13:00

Networking Lunch

14:00

Technology Developments And Multi-Part Vs Single Piece

  • Analysing the technical challenges of blade technology developments
  • Vessel costs in transporting large single piece blades vs. installation work in constructing multi-piece blades onsite
  • Assessing the maintenance costs involved in deciding which design
  • Making modular blades as a solution to transport issues
  • Advanced rotor and split-blade technology in large offshore turbines
Theo Botha, Head Of Sales And Marketing, Blade Dynamics
14:30

Blade Testing And Certification

  • The position and disparity of certification bodies - what testing is involved and what are the possibilities for standardisation?

  • Structural health monitoring and the separate testing of critical design details

  • What are the limits of what can be tested?

  • Should test cycles be extended and how can you accelerate testing on large loads?

Dr. Arnoldus van Wingerde, Business Leader Research, IWES Fraunhofer Test Facility

14:50

Driving Down The CoE Through Latest Advancement On LE Protection For Rotor Blades

  • A joint industry approach: Blade Leading Edge Erosion Programme (BLEEP)
  • Representative testing for blade leading edge protection solutions
  • Latest advancement on LE protection for rotor blades - a manufacturing and repair perspective
  • How to reduce the LCoE through the analysis of different LEP erosion methods
  • LEP in severe environments and offshore wind sites

Andrew Kay, Renewable Technology Engineer, ORE Catapult

Gian-Piero Giuffre, Materials And Process Engineer, Alstom Renewables

15:30

Case Study: Parallels From The Aerospace Industry

  • How transferrable is the expertise derived from the aerospace industry to the wind turbines?
  • Assessing the similarities in design methodologies
  • What differences does the wind industry pose in terms of size, material types, layup processes and design
  • Finding the right partners to help develop new processes and tools for composites
  • Borrowing best practices and ensuring cross-industry collaboration, to help with the challenges of wind blade design

Chris Payne, Technology Programme Manager, National Composites Centre

16:00

Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments

16:15

Going Green: Recyclable Epoxies For Sustainable Composites

  • Green resin formulations: affects on performance

  • An integrated approach to the system of complex materials

  • Different types of recyclable composites on the market – price and manufacturing considerations

Xin Li, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Adesso Advanced Materials
16:45

Composite Blades Of The Future

  • Understanding the nature of turbulent wind: capturing energy while avoiding fatigue
  • What leanness and agility look like in rotor design: doing more with less
  • Developing the analytical tools needed to model, understand and master lean and agile behaviour
  • Establishing energy accounting into everyday thinking: setting and achieving high energy payback ratio targets
  • Innovative platform technologies: lean, agile and sustainable rhythm-and-flow manufacturing processes
  • Doing it all with seriously high-tech sustainable natural materials

Jim Platts, Institute for Manufacturing Lecturer, Cambridge University

17:15

Panel Discussion: Producing Quality Blades - Engineering Leaps Vs Developer Requirements

  • Cutting-edge composite blade design solutions: enhancing engineering methodologies
  • Balancing advanced blade design with reliable production processes 
  • Dealing with design, stress and manufacturing engineering
  • Cost-reduction and reliability throughout entire life-cycle of rotor blades - meeting developer requirements
  • Strategic, practical and conceptual leaps: what is possible?

Edgar Suselbeek, Lead Project Manager, Pontis Engineering

Mark Hancock, Engineering Specialist, Blade Dynamics

Practical Insights: Developer Perspective

[An Interactive Session in which the audience will be encouraged to highlight developer requirements and expectations, through experiences to date. Please submit questions to the event producer -  lucy.shardalow@haymarket.com - prior to the event]

18:15

Chair's Closing Remarks

18:30

Close Of Forum

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