Wind turbine blade manufacturers face a balancing act

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This feature from the January/February 2011 issue of Reinforced Plastics magazine reviews the different processing routes being taken by wind turbine blade manufacturers around the world and the need for a PLM approach.

Designing wind turbine blades is about balancing aerodynamic performance and structural integrity but design and analysis is often disconnected from the blade manufacturing process.

Dr Olivier Guillermin, Director of Product and Market Strategy at VISTAGY Inc, believes that the firms that implement the most efficient composites engineering processes will lead the wind energy industry, and key to this is a PLM-based engineering environment built around a hub of composites design and manufacturing software.


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