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.
On March 9, 2017 the second expert meeting took place in the context of TKI Wind op Zee R&D project C-Tower. Engineers of offshore contractors, turbine developers and research institutes gave valuable feedback on the composite tower design. The development of a lightweight composite tower for the offshore wind industry aims to achieve cost savings through weight reductions and use of new materials. The 100-meter composite tower for a 10 MW wind turbine has a design life of at least 20 years under offshore conditions. The current design achieved a weight reduction of almost 40% relative to a conventional steel tower. The project aims to have 50% weight reduction, this will need further optimization. In spring of 2017 a 5-meter scale model will be produced and tested. The project is carried out by project partners WIND2020, Jules Dock Composites and Knowledge Centre WMC and will be completed in 2017.
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Maritime Campus Nederland, Kenniscentrum Wind op Zee, Knowledge Center WMC and IRO offer an introductory course in offshore wind energy. This one-day course provides a practical way to gaining knowledge about various aspects of offshore wind and recent developments in this area. During the day you become familiar with the world of offshore wind energy through topics like history, current market developments, fundamentals of wind energy and offshore wind farms.
Course dates in May and November 2017 are available at locations in Den Helder and Rotterdam.
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On January 18, WMC senior research scientist Francisco Lahuerta successfully defended his dissertation on thickness effects in composites. The project was aimed at exploring the driving mechanisms of failure in very thick laminates (up to several decimeters thick) under quasi-static and fatigue conditions.
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.
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.