Siemens Gamesa – Wind turbine blade

Siemens Gamesa – Wind turbine blade

Siemens Gamesa is a manufacturer of turbine blades. The blades are made from a non-metal reinforced epoxy resin.  They are fixed into a housing and then onto a rotor shaft.  The rotor shaft is made from a high strength metal alloy. Material selection for these parts is of high importance to ensure the continued operation over a 20-year life span.

RDUTC students have been commissioned to produce two technical guides that introduce engineering materials to new apprentices in the Siemens Ganesa Metal Products and Non-metal Products departments:

 

  1. The Metal Products Department provides technical support to the engineering industry on the use of metals (ferrous and non-ferrous) in rotor shafts. It specialises in products manufactured by a range of techniques that include forging, casting and rolling. The Chief Research Officer requires a guide to explain the material (metals) processing techniques that can be used for reference purposes to help the new starters.
  2. The Non-metal Products Department provides technical support to the engineering industry on the use of non-metal materials including thermo plastics and thermo setting materials. It specialises in products manufactured by a range of techniques that include heating and forming. The Chief Research Officer requires a guide to explain the material (thermo plastics and thermo setting materials) processing techniques that can be used for reference purposes to help the new starters. This needs to focus on the production of the blade produced at the Hull factory, using the materials balsa wood, carbon fibre and a thermosetting polymer Bisephanol.

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