Pre-Forum Workshop - Tuesday 9 October 2018

Blade Masterclass: Optimising Blade Design, Performance and Monitoring

Masterclass led by Dr Carsten Westergaard


Registration and Welcome Drinks


Understanding Blade Design and its Effect on Functionality

  • Examine systemic design issues to understand how to effectively overcome them

  • Discussing whether common blade damage issues should be tested at manufacture phase
  • Understanding how operational damages and obstacles influence blade design

Fritz Campo, Senior Structural Engineer,   LM Wind Power


Networking Break


A hands-on lesson in Power performance and Aerodynamics

  • Understanding aerodynamic design principles to determine the impact on power curve and AEP

  • Understanding aerodynamic modifications such as vortex generators and leading-edge erosion
  • Hands-on training with spread sheet level tool to evaluate AEP impact of modifications and degradation
  • Hands-on/demo of open source software tool which can be used to compute power curves with and without modifications

Carsten Westergaard, President, Westergaard Solutions Inc.


Networking Break


Open Fishbowl Discussion: Understanding Lifespan of Blades, Monitoring and Inspection Methods

Three to four chairs are arranged in an inner circle. This is the fishbowl. One chair is left empty. The moderator introduces the topic and the participants start discussing the topic. The audience outside the fishbowl  listen in on the discussion. 
Any member of the audience can, at any time, occupy the empty chair and join the fishbowl. When this happens, an existing member of the fishbowl must voluntarily leave the fishbowl and free a chair. 
The moderator will instigate a set of rules during the fishbowl to ensure an open and friendly discussion takes place

  • Inspection methods

  • Root cause analysis (RCA)

  • Data that improve blade operations and decision making

Matt Malkin, Blade Technology, DNV-GL

Carsten Westergaard,  President,  Westergaard Solutions Inc.

Fritz Campo, LM Wind Power


Meet and Greet Networking Drinks