Moog supplies blade test system

Hub under construction. The size is showing the capacity of the facility. (Photo: Moog)
Hub under construction. The size is showing the capacity of the facility. (Photo: Moog)

Moog Industrial Group has been awarded a contract to supply a test system to Narec (National Renewable Energy Centre) to evaluate and test wind turbine blades at their new 100 m blade testing facility in Blyth, UK. Opening this summer, the independent facility will be utilized by manufacturers of turbine blades to test prototype blade designs and manufacturing processes. The new facility will accommodate blades being designed for larger offshore wind turbines up to 100 m in length and will complement Narec’s existing capability testing blades in the 50 m range. The new 100 m blade test facility will be the largest facility of its type in the world and expands on Narec’s existing blade testing capability developed over the last five years, serving the global supply chain and industrial research communities.

Stuart Bibb, Market Manager at Moog Test Systems, said: “Our division within Moog specializes in structural testing for the aerospace industry. Using computer-controlled hydraulic technology, we are able to simulate service loads to ascertain structural strength prior to initial flight testing. For this application in the renewables market, we were able to apply the same experience, technology and skills which, added to our in-depth understanding of Narec’s requirements, allowed us to deliver the right solution.”

Moog will supply and commission a test controller and monitoring system to control the Narec Control Resonance Mass (CRM), which is used to excite natural frequencies in the blade structure and hence evaluate the blades resistance to fatigue under representative dynamic loading conditions. The scope of supply will also include a very high flow PLC controlled Hydraulic Power Unit designed to interface with the Narec primary control system.

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