IACMI Facilitates Thermoplastic Composite Development for Wind Turbine Blades

January 23 2017

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, IACMI, and the U.S. Department of Energy, in partnership with Johns Manville, Arkema Inc., TPI Composites Inc., National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Colorado School of Mines (CSM), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Vanderbilt University and Purdue University, has informed about a current project focused on thermoplastic composite advancements for wind turbine blades.

Project partners include: Arkema, Inc., who will expand the work plan to include their innovative Elium resin system and the Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) teams from Vanderbilt University and University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Simulation tools will be developed in conjunction with Purdue University and Convergent Manufacturing Technologies. A newly commissioned facility at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), the Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) lab, will fabricate proof of concept panels in conjunction with Johns Manville and Arkema, while the NREL National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) will manufacture full-scale blade components in the new Composites Manufacturing Education and Technology (CoMET) facility.

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