Pagnotta Engineering
Structural Analysis of Wind Turbine Blade Test Fixture Assembly

JRL Ventures, Inc.

  • PEI performed the FEA to determine stress levels and maximum deflections under vacuum pressure loading on the upper and lower blade faces
  • Verified design strength was adequate to safely meet test objectives
  • Results provided in less than 24 hrs
  • Results quickly delivered to JRL Ventures, Inc. so they could maintain aggressive schedule and mitigate manufacturing risks

Finite Element Model
Recognizing that the assembly is approximately symmetric, the FEM was generated for half of the fixture with the appropriate boundary conditions to simulate a full assembly.

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