"Blademaker" Project

The "Blademaker" project brings together a large consortium of companies and institutes under the leadership of Fraunhofer IWES, Bremerhaven, with the aim of developing new concepts to largely automate the manufacture of rotor blades for the wind energy sector. As well as small and medium-sized regional companies (such as fibretech Composites GmbH, Bremen), the project also involves a number of global market leaders from the wind energy industry (such as Momentive). The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment.

Two institutes at the University of Bremen are participating in the project. The Institute for Integrated Product Development (BIK) is developing a placement head for continuous layup. This will be coupled to a portal robot that permits direct placement of textile webs into the rotor blade mould.

Specialist field 12 "Materials: Fibres and Fibre Composites" (Fibre Institute) has been given the task of simulating the entire infusion process, for which we were able to attract a new member to the team. These project tasks are focussed on infusion capability, the resin curing process and pore prevention. The Institute is also acting in an advisory capacity in the areas of rotor blade design and mould making.

As well as virtual flow simulations to demonstrate the infusion procedure, a range of test stands are also being designed and implemented in order to validate the various work processes. 


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