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Title: Methodology for Fast Iterations of Blade Designs Using Thermoplastic Composite Materials: Preprint

Abstract

Tidal energy is still in the early research and development phases, therefore the ability to quickly manufacture and evaluate prototype blades with new blade designs and materials is critical. This paper investigates using a Stratasys three-dimensional printer to rapidly prototype scale-model turbine blades by printing the blade tooling and using vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) to manufacture blades. This work outlines a methodology for cost effectively designing and manufacturing model-scale tidal turbine blades to be used in testing campaigns, and for evaluating new thermoplastic composite materials for tidal energy applications. Demonstration blades were designed in ANSYS and manufactured using an infusible thermoplastic resin system called Elium(R). The development of scale-model thermoplastic blades enables research into their fatigue performance in realistic conditions at a cost-effective scale, and manufacturing using 3-D printed tooling enables fast and low-cost blade design iterations.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [1];  [2];  [2];  [3];  [2]
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Strathclyde University
  3. Cardiff University
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Advanced Manufacturing Office (EE-5A); USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Technologies Office (EE-4W)
OSTI Identifier:
1572262
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-5000-73295
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at the European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, 1-6 September 2019, Napoli, Italy
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; 42 ENGINEERING; tooling; thermoplastic composites; structural validation; manufacturing; scale-model

Citation Formats

Murray, Robynne, Trubac, Kathryn, Ordonez-Sanchez, Stephanie, Fu, Song, O'''Doherty, Tim, and Johnstone, Cameron M. Methodology for Fast Iterations of Blade Designs Using Thermoplastic Composite Materials: Preprint. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
Murray, Robynne, Trubac, Kathryn, Ordonez-Sanchez, Stephanie, Fu, Song, O'''Doherty, Tim, & Johnstone, Cameron M. Methodology for Fast Iterations of Blade Designs Using Thermoplastic Composite Materials: Preprint. United States.
Murray, Robynne, Trubac, Kathryn, Ordonez-Sanchez, Stephanie, Fu, Song, O'''Doherty, Tim, and Johnstone, Cameron M. Tue . "Methodology for Fast Iterations of Blade Designs Using Thermoplastic Composite Materials: Preprint". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1572262.
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title = {Methodology for Fast Iterations of Blade Designs Using Thermoplastic Composite Materials: Preprint},
author = {Murray, Robynne and Trubac, Kathryn and Ordonez-Sanchez, Stephanie and Fu, Song and O'''Doherty, Tim and Johnstone, Cameron M.},
abstractNote = {Tidal energy is still in the early research and development phases, therefore the ability to quickly manufacture and evaluate prototype blades with new blade designs and materials is critical. This paper investigates using a Stratasys three-dimensional printer to rapidly prototype scale-model turbine blades by printing the blade tooling and using vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) to manufacture blades. This work outlines a methodology for cost effectively designing and manufacturing model-scale tidal turbine blades to be used in testing campaigns, and for evaluating new thermoplastic composite materials for tidal energy applications. Demonstration blades were designed in ANSYS and manufactured using an infusible thermoplastic resin system called Elium(R). The development of scale-model thermoplastic blades enables research into their fatigue performance in realistic conditions at a cost-effective scale, and manufacturing using 3-D printed tooling enables fast and low-cost blade design iterations.},
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year = {2019},
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