ENERCON has reached another milestone in the prototype program for the new E-175 EP5. After a journey of several days by ship and heavy transport, a prototype rotor blade of ENERCON's new top model arrived at the test stand in Aurich this week. There, the 86 meter long component is now being prepared for extensive test series under the leadership of ENERCON Research and Development.
The rotor blade was produced at the ENERCON blade factory in Viana do Castelo/Portugal. There it was loaded onto the cargo ship ‘Peak Bergen’ and transported by sea to the deep sea port in Wilhelmshaven. It was then transported by road to the test stand at the company headquarters in Aurich.
Research & Development, Equipment Design and Logistics already used the first E-175 EP5 blade transport for a series of measurements to validate the transport concept. The test blade was equipped with various measurement technology before transportation. Among other things, sensors determine the loads acting on the component during transportation. The measurement data should provide information on whether the new transport frames, blade clamps and trailing systems developed for the E-175 EP5 blade meet their requirements.
The practicability of the transport concept was also under particular scrutiny. ‘The dimensions of the new blade are the biggest challenge for logistics,’ says Lukas Freericks from Technical Engineering & Support at ENERCON Logistics. ‘The enormous total transport length with vehicle combination requires comprehensive testing and planning of the transport route and the route expansion requirements prior to delivery to the construction site.’ During the development process, Logistics therefore simulated and tested examples of critical infrastructure such as highway junctions and carried out an analysis of suitable ship types and means of transport. The transport concept for the E-175 EP5 blade has now passed its first test.
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