Blades

providing insight into next-generation technology and asset management strategy


Pre-Forum Workshop: Tuesday 12 March 2019  

Chair: Paul McKeever, Head of Strategic Research, ORE Catapult 

A masterclass led by Paul McKeever, Head of Strategic Research at ORE Catapult, based on insights from the the Wind Blade Research Hub

12:30

Registration and Refreshments

13:00

Introduction to Workshop and Wind Blade Research Hub (WBRH)  

13:10

Identifying Improvements in Blade Integrity Performance and Assessment

  • Identifying potential solutions for blade integrity performance improvement (including leading edge erosion solutions for both new blade designs and existing blade repair)
  • Practical limits for blade sensors/condition monitoring for realistic assessment of blade integrity
  • Assessing what sensors can detect, what they cannot, and what they could (state of the art and beyond)
  • Condition monitoring based on peripheral information
  • How to use the data you have to make informed decisions for lifetime extension
14:30

Designing Blades For Future Wind Turbines or with End-of-Life in Mind

  • Understanding composite material behaviour under common environmental conditions
  • Evolution of blade modelling, design and validation for long blades
  • Maintaining robustness in larger blades 
15:30

World Cafe: End-of-Life Wind Turbines

Participants will be invited to sit at different roundtables, each with a topic on a piece of paper for delegates to engage with in an open and honest discussion. After twenty minutes, each member of the table will move to a different table, leaving behind key points from their discussion on the piece of paper to launch new discussions.

  • Access to historical data
  • Retrofitting new technology/reblading
  • Desiging/validating long blades
  • Inspection and repair strategy

16:30

Wrap Up Session

  • Summary of roundtable discussions
  • Final Q&A / AOB
16:45

Close of Workshop

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