BLADESAVE 2nd Technical Meeting in Amersfoort

On 14th of February 2017, Emergya Wind Technologies B.V. hosted the second technical meeting of the Bladesave project. In the begging of the meeting, Stefan de Groot sustained a presentation to introduce EWT, followed by Jialin Tang that reviewed the project progress with the consortium.

The D1.1 Test Plan was submitted before the due date. Also, regarding WP1, Task 1.1 (customization according to end-user requirements) and Task 1.2 (Test Plan) were completed. The Task 1.3 (system trails) It was established to be carried out in the first and second week of March.

For WP2, the Task 2.1 (system modification for commercial application) is ongoing, regarding the Task 2.2 (system fine-tuning and validation) the test plan was confirmed and will be carried out at TWI facilities. The WP1 and WP2 tests have been presented in depth by Jialin Tang, who explained the test plans. Therefore, we found out that the WP1- system trail test will be carried out on GFRP samples on 10th of March 2018 while the WP2 – system validation test will be carried out on a blade section during the 16th of September 2018.

After this, the consortium decided and agreed to embed in, the linear localization algorithm in the data conditioning of the system. Further, Hasula Dias presented the sensor comparison results from the test carried out at TWI facilities on November 10th, 2017. He also explained that another important issue that needs to pay attention to is represented by the carefulness with which the threshold setting is examined (the signal parameters from the FBG sensor and the PZT sensor must agree with each other).

The data communication strategy was presented by Alin Calinciuc who, talked about Smart Fibres and TWI and suggested that the AE source localization to be put in the user interface, together with the damage characterization.

After this, the consortium agreed to validate the data communication during the WP2 – fatigue testing. Alin Calinciuc also suggested using the project management website developed by ASSIST and help the BladeSave project management.

After the risk management chart presentation sustained by Benn Faulkner, started the evaluation of each work package. Next, the consortium discussed the testing plans in WP2, following the system trails test which took place in March and at the same time established that in July or August 2018 to take place a fatigue test on the blade section, to validate the performance of the system. As well, the data processing algorithm and the data communication function will be embedded and tested during the validation test.

In order to determine how many sensors to be deployed in the final product, after the validation testing, it was established that in September 2018 to take place an attenuation test which will be carried out on a real wind turbine blade at Renewable Advice facilities.

At the meeting, the consortium also discussed the contents for the upcoming deliverables. Therefore, they planned that the first draft of D6.1 and D6.2 to be finished by the 1st of May; D5.3 by 15th of May; and D1.2 by 18th of May, followed by the deliverables reviews made by Renewable Advice.

At the end of the discussion, it has been established to have the next consortium meeting hosted by ASSIST in June or July 2018.

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