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, Volume 10, Issue 5, pp 42–47 | Cite as

Effector for automated direct textile placement in rotor blade production

  • Marvin Richrath
  • Jan Franke
  • Jan-Hendrik Ohlendorf
  • Klaus-Dieter Thoben
Production Handling Technical Textiles

The process chain for the production of rotor blades for wind turbines is still mainly characterised by manual process steps. It is planned to reduce the long production times and fluctuations in quality that this causes through automated laying up of dry technical textiles. Scientists from the University of Bremen illustrate the possible development of a suitable effector for the automated direct textile placement.

Automation in Rotor Blade Production

Wind turbine rotor blades are manufactured primarily from fibre reinforced plastics (FRPs), owing to their excellent mechanical properties. The main production method used is the vacuum infusion process, where glass-fibre non-crimp fabrics are inserted manually into the mould. The rotor blade mould with the dry, near-net-shape layer structure, the so-called preform, is then sealed air-tight with a vacuum foil. The space between the mould and the vacuum foil is subsequently evacuated, and the preform impregnated with a resin/hardener...

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Thanks

We would like to thank the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, which is funding the “BladeMaker” joint research project based on a resolution of the Bundestag, as well as project lead partner Jülich, for coordinating the scheme.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marvin Richrath
    • 1
  • Jan Franke
    • 1
  • Jan-Hendrik Ohlendorf
    • 1
  • Klaus-Dieter Thoben
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BremenGermany

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