Technical advancements have enabled wind energy to become one of the world’s fastest-growing sources for clean energy. Despite these achievements, significant development challenges need to be overcome to make wind turbines more powerful, efficient and reliable for operating in a variety of conditions, ranging from onshore to deepwater installations. The use of advanced composites technology has allowed the development of large wind turbine blades with much greater reliability than previously possible, but the industry still continues to experience blade failures that can be very expensive and damaging. The use of larger blades also places increasing demands on other wind turbine components or subsystems such as the drive train, the tower and the foundation, making it even more critical for not only designing these components suitably but also for increased collaboration between various design groups within a company and between suppliers.
SIMULIA offers a comprehensive suite of products for performing engineering simulation and optimization, and enables collaborative solutions to help wind energy companies address the above-mentioned challenges in a cost-effective manner. Abaqus Unified FEA can be used for designing and analyzing components and sub-assemblies ranging from composite wind turbine blades to drive trains, bearings, towers and on- and offshore foundations. SIMULIA’s Isight product allows optimization of not only individual components such as composite blades but also allows optimization of subsystems and complete wind turbine systems. The SLM product from SIMULIA enables collaboration across different groups and companies.