UMaine completes static strength testing of 56m turbine blade

The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center has completed static strength testing of a 56m wind turbine blade for wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa.

By Ritesh Gupta

The Gamesa blade was the largest tested to date in the UMaine Offshore Wind Laboratory.

The blade was manufactured in North America and delivered to the University of Maine in late August.

In the testing, the blade was subjected to loads in four directions to prove the structure met international strength standards.

The full-service facility offers testing and material characterisation services for every stage of blade development.