Vistagy's FiberSim software will help Sinomatech in its goal to produce 500 sets of wind turbine blades annually to keep pace with growing market demand.

To reach this goal, Sinomatech was faced with many challenges, including increasing the speed of blade design and production, and improving the quality and repeatability of manufactured blades. To meet these challenges, the company's design department determined it needed engineering tools that would enable them to enhance their capabilities for engineering composite blades.

According to Vistagy, the Sinomatech design department selected FiberSIM because it meets a number of criteria, including enabling:

  • faster design cycles, enabling more trade off studies for improved blade configuration and reduced weight;
  • more accurate and detailed composite part and assembly definition;
  • support for rapid iterations between design and analysis for earlier and better blade optimisation;
  • enhanced composites producibility simulation for early detection of manufacturing issues and rapid feedback to design; and
  • seamless linking from design to production with support for automated cutting, laser positioning, and electronic documentation.

“We’ve undertaken an ambitious program called ‘500 sets of wind power blades annually construction project,’” reports Li Junxiang, manager of the Design and Research Department at Sinomatech. “To reach that goal, we need composites engineering software that will enable us to take our process to the next level."

“FiberSIM is well suited for that task because it provides a digital thread that runs from design-to-manufacturing, enabling us to connect all the disciplines so we can move more accurately and quickly through the entire process," he explains. "That also enhances our ability to establish a repeatable manufacturing process.”

Sinomatech Wind Power Blade Co Ltd was established by Sinoma Science & Technology Co Ltd. The company is located in the Badaling economic development area and is engaged in blade design, testing and material research. The current capacity is 12 sets of blade moulds and 300 sets of 1.5 MW turbine blades annually. The company’s leading product is Sinoma 40.2, which is used by many wind turbine manufactures both in China and abroad.

“We’re pleased to have the opportunity to work with one of the premier wind turbine blade manufacturers in China to help them meet their goals,” says Olivier Guillermin, VISTAGY director of product and market strategy. “With the extraordinary expansion taking place in wind, suppliers recognise the need to get to market as soon as possible, and Sinomatech’s commitment validates the idea that FiberSIM helps composite wind turbine manufacturers do just that.”

VISTAGY Inc is a provider of engineering software headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.