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Reducing Costs with Virtual Design and Testing of Wind Turbine Components

Finite Element Analysis (FE) is used to test structural integrity of potential designs. Virtual and physical wind tunnel testing is also conducted. Tests on foundations, the interaction of components with each other as well as testing the entire fabrication in virtual operating situations is performed. This needs to be done fast so that designs can be certified and put to use quickly as possible. It is neither economical nor practical to built and test many (if any) physical prototypes. Virtual testing of blade components reduces the need for expensive prototypes and minimizes development time and cost. It is expensive and time consuming to make physical prototypes. Many industries including aerospace and automotive have reduced their reliance on their use. Instead they build digital 3D models to test their designs virtually. This means that thousands of tests can be done....

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