Key Dimensions

The FASTBLADE Facility has been designed for high quality testing of tidal blades and other large composite structures.

Loading Application Area

FASTBLADE’s primary loading application area can accommodate specimens over 12m in length. The FASTBLADE reaction frame is designed with the ability to adapt to a variety of specimen sizes and shapes by utilising any of the strong points on the reaction frame bed or support wall. Hydraulic rams can be connected anywhere along the reaction frame bed which is 12m x 2.5m.

 

Connection plate

Connection of specimens to the support wall is done via a 2.3m diameter adapter plate. The adapter plate features 2 separate bolted connection areas for various specimen sizes and load capacities, either 1200mm PCD or 2000mm PCD for large specimens at full load capacity. Individual interface plates will provide the connection between specimens and the reaction frame adapter plate.

 

Hydraulic System

The loads are delivered by a hydraulic actuation system, capable of over 1000 litres per minute of bi-directional flow. The actuation system will recover energy between cycles to reduce the energy consumed and ultimately reduce the cost of testing.

 

Crane Capacity

Two 10 tonne overhead travelling cranes are available for offloading and installation of specimens. Cranes may be operated independently or synchronised together to simplify dual lifts.

 

Instrumentation

FASTBLADE offer an expandable, configurable and calibrated instrumentation suite that can be tailored to meet every client's needs.