Fiber-reinforced wind blade core material

WebCore Technologies LLC has introduced TYCOR W5, the newest addition to its TYCOR W family of fiber-reinforced composite core material solutions for utility wind turbine blades.

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WebCore Technologies LLC (Miamisburg, Ohio) has introduced TYCOR W5, the newest addition to its TYCOR W family of fiber-reinforced composite core material solutions for utility wind turbine blades. The new product expands the reinforcement architecture and manufacturing technology of the GL-certified core line by adding higher shear properties balanced in the L and T directions. It offers high transverse-shear strength for local areas of high stress and provides high, balanced transverse-shear stiffness suited for thin, highly loaded shear webs and shells. Offered as an alternative to balsa, the core’s balanced shear modulus reportedly allows for a direct comparison with, and substitution for, balsa products. The material is available in thicknesses ranging from 12 to 78 mm (0.47 to 3 inches). The sheet dimensions can be varied slightly to increase core kitting yield by as much as 10 percent compared to fixed-size cores.