Benchmark set for blade transport

September 14 - Martin Bencher USA has been granted a patent for for its wind turbine blade fixture, designed especially for transporting wind blades via rail in North America.

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Thursday 14 September 2017

According to Martin Bencher, the patented system requires only minor engineering adjustments to support different original equipment manufacturers' (OEM) product and lengths.

The system features a fixture connected to the end  of the wind turbine blade, a mid-frame fixture on the second railcar which supports a reinforced midsection of the blade using support saddles, and a further fixture restraining the tip of the blade against lateral movement outside of a preselected range.

In the development stage, several concepts were combined into one, says Martin Bencher. Tests of the system saw 56-m wind turbine blades being transported along rails with 11 degree curves.

A video of the development tests can be viewed here.

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