NCC joins wind blade repair project

The National Composites Centre (NNC) has joined an EU project focused on reducing defects in composite wind turbine blades.

Plans are to improve process simulation, monitoring and control, use new methods of non-destructive testing (NDT), and introduce new repair strategies in composites and coatings.

“Digital engineering technologies, such as self-adaptive manufacturing processes, have the potential to significantly increase the efficiency of wind turbine blade manufacturing,” said James Lightfoot, senior technology programme manager at the center.

The project, which began in October 2022, is coordinated by the Technical University of Denmark and will result in the manufacturing of full size blades at a Siemens Gamesa factory in Aalborg, Denmark.