Fiber-reinforced core materials

Having acquired the core-related assets of WebCore Technologies, Milliken announced at WINDPOWER 2012 that it has consolidated vertically fiber-reinforced cores into WebCore’s former TYCOR brand.

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Having acquired the core-related assets of WebCore Technologies (Miamisburg, Ohio), Milliken (Spartanburg, S.C.) announced at WINDPOWER 2012 that it has consolidated vertically fiber-reinforced cores into WebCore’s former TYCOR brand. Targeted to replace balsa core in wind blades, TYCOR reportedly reduces cost and weight while increasing energy harvest. There is said to be a 4 and 5 percent cost savings in 55m/180-ft and 65m/213-ft blades, respectively. Swapping 180 kg/397 lb for an additional 0.5m/1.6 ft of length on a 40m/131-ft blade results in a 2 percent power increase; similarly, exchanging 600 kg/1,323 lb for an extra 1.0m/3.3 ft of length on a 55m/180-ft blade results in a 3 percent power increase. Awarded a Germanischer Lloyd certificate of approval, TYCOR has been proven in a fully cored 55m blade and is already in production for one turbine model.