With our technology leadership and professional approach, customers select us as their preferred supplier for all sorts of test solutions and wind turbine design tools. Our facilities include several rotor blade test stands and dedicated composite manufacturing and test laboratories. Work field includes wind turbines, tidal, offshore oil & gas, marine sector, civil engineering and automotive. We understand the importance of customer focus starting with smart, cost-efficient solutions, not wasting time during the process, ending with delivering excellent results that enable our customers to develop their products further.
WMC is one of the partners in a regional project aimed at promoting innovations in composites. Small- and medium enterprises in the region of North-Holland are joining forces with various knowledge institutes in this project. The 5M€ project is partly enabled by the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRO, through 'Kansen voor West') and the Province of North-Holland; the partners contribute 30 to 50% of the budget, depending on type of partner and project.
Today, WMC releases a new version of FOCUS6 with a brand new module: Blade Testing. Using decades of experience in blade testing WMC developed this module. It supports blade testing, starting with establishing of test loads, design and preparation of the test and analysis of test results. It helps designers of a blade test fitting the test load with the target load envelope, positions of load saddles, actuator or winch anchor points and choosing positions of strain gauge locations. After the test, test results can be compared with simulated results.
ECN, together with partners WMC, TRES4 B.V. and GE Global Research will kick off a new R&D project to enable more accurate designs of wind turbine blades by improved modelling and validation of torsional flexibility (which is the twisting of the blade). The VaStBlades project will deliver datasets with unique validation data, an improved structural blade model, validated aeroelastic and structural tools and a 10MW wind turbine blade design.
During the 17th European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM17) in Munich, from 26 to 30 June 2016, WMC was represented by three members of its material research team.
Iuri Rocha presented a combined experimental/numerical approach used to investigate the effect of water ingression in glass/epoxy composites.
Sibrand Raijmaekers presented research on the relation between temperature and physical ageing of an epoxy material as commonly used in wind turbine blades.
Jagadeesh presented a novel method to use infrared thermography technique for the quantitative analysis of delamination area in composites under fatigue loading.
WMC has developed the procedures for blade tests since 1984 and has tested many blades for many of the largest blade manufacturers ever since.
FOCUS6 is the integrated modular tool to design wind turbines and wind turbine components like rotor blades. For more than a decade, FOCUS6 is being used by the international wind turbine industry.