Investigation of resin infusion consumable effect on fusion bond strength in the manufacture of a thermoplastic vertical axis wind turbine prototype
To further research the economic viability, manufacturability, and wider adoption of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT), a project team led by Steelhead Composites (SHC), with assistance from Colorado State University (CSU), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Arkema Inc. designed and fabricated VAWT rotor assembly with thermoplastic composite blades using novel fabrication techniques. Thermoplastics present many advantages over traditional thermosets including recyclability as well as the ability to be thermally welded and reformed without machining. Thermal welding, or fusion ...
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