Develop an Dual Axis Fatigue Test System for Multi-Megawatt Wind Turbine Blades (PHLEX)
The goal of this project is to create a new test system capable of fatigue testing wind turbine blades approximately three times faster and more accurately than existing test systems. The system under development is based on resonant testing technology pioneered by the Principal Investigator and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) over the past decade, which has resulted in three patent applications to date. Unlike existing fatigue test systems, the new PHLEX system will utilize custom designed electro-mechanical actuators to overcome the limitations imposed by hydraulic actuators and will use an additional actuator to achieve greater accuracy and control. The PHLEX fatigue test system will be the first system capable of exciting two blade mode shapes simultaneously at the same frequency with a locked load phase angle. Prior research has shown that this configuration will result in the most accurate fatigue tests available for large turbine blades. Since structural testing will be completed more rapidly and more accurately, blade designers will have access to more and better data and have more time to use this data to optimize their blade designs.
Funded by the Department of Energy: $300,000
Professor, MSME Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Darris White is a Professor, and a MSME Graduate Program Coordinator of Mechanical Engineering at Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach Campus.