First full-scale Wrapped Composite Joint sees light
Tree Composites produced the first full-scale Tree Composites Joint (TC-joint) within the WrapNode-I project.
With a height of 2.6 meters and a length of 10 meters, and a total weight of around 6 tons, it is the largest wrapped composite joint that Tree Composites has produced so far.
The TC-joint was produced within time planning. A good step toward a production line for the commercial roll-out of TC-joints in next-generation offshore wind support structures.
Big joints require big testing machines, and therefore the full-scale joint will be tested next month in CRONOS at OCAS, Belgium. The test aims at performance validation of the full-scale wrapped composite joint under cyclic loading. The joint dimensions and testing loads are based on a jacket design with wrapped composite joints that was performed in the WrapNode-I project. Next to the cyclic load test also, two full-scale wrapped composite joints will be tested in static loading, and we will witness its performance together with our partners AOC, BUEFA, Enersea, GROW, HSM Offshore Energy, Salzgitter, Shell, Siemens Gamesa, Smulders, TU Delft and Vattenfall.
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