Wind Turbine Climbing and Lifting Device

The structure was analysed in 14 different geometric configurations and states of operation over a range of wind turbine tower diameters and loading patterns.

Modifications were made to the structure to improve material usage, reduce potential weak areas and improve structural integrity.

The joints where the hydraulic rams, used for climbing and clamping, connect to the main structure were a complex area where a casting solution using 3D modelling and FEA analysis techniques were used in its design.

A hydraulic and mechanical operating system was designed with detailed calculations on the power requirements and operational outputs from the system.

Analysis of wind turbine towers considered a range of complex loading parameters from the dynamic climbing motion, clamping and releasing and hoisting of equipment. Specifications for materials and components for the system were created and a procurement and costing exercise identified suppliers and scales of costs.
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