UpWind European FP6 Project

 

UpWind is a European project funded under the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). The project looks towards the wind power of tomorrow, more precisely towards the design of very large wind turbines (8-10MW), both onshore and offshore. 
 
 
The challenges inherent to the creation of wind farms of several hundreds MW request the highest possible standards in design, complete understanding of external design conditions, the design of materials with extreme strength to mass ratios and advanced control and measuring systems geared towards the highest degree of reliability, and critically, reduced overall turbine mass. The wind turbines of the future necessitate the re-evaluation of the turbine itself for its re-conception to cope with future challenges. 
 
The aim of the project is to develop the accurate, verified tools and component concepts the industry needs to design and manufacture this new type of turbine. UpWind focuses on design tools for the complete range of turbine components. It addresses the aerodynamic, aero-elastic, structural and material design of rotors. Critical analysis of drive train components will be carried out in the search for breakthrough solutions. The UpWind consortium, composed of 40 partners, brings together the most advanced European specialists of the wind industry. The findings of the project will be disseminated through a series of workshops.
 
The VUB is part of the Working Group rotor structures and materials "and is principally engaged in the development of a sub-test to the step between the coupon and real-blade testing bridge. Also, the fatigue behavior of glass fiber-epoxy composites investigated under biaxial fatigue.
 
Read more about this research on: Strength and Materials