Copenhagen/Denmark, 17 April 2012 – GL Renewables Certification (GL RC) has certified nCode DesignLife offered by HBM. The structural integrity software for the fatigue calculation of cast and forged structural machinery components in wind turbines has been evaluated on the basis of GL RC’s Guideline for the Certification of Wind Turbines 2010.
“The certificate proves that the software is suitable for the calculation of fatigue life of forged and cast structural machinery components of wind turbines, ” says Mike Woebbeking, Vice President and Head of Certification Body, GL Renewables Certification. It assures users that their component designs can be analysed in conformity with GL RC’s Guideline for the Certification of Wind Turbines 2010.
This includes fatigue analysis under complex real world loading conditions specified in GL RC’s guidelines or IEC 61400-1 international standard. The evaluation is based on parallel calculations of intermediate and final results considering different stress hypotheses and influence factors for survival probability, cast quality, surface finish and mean stress correction.
The software, nCode DesignLife, for CAE fatigue analysis is optimized for today’s large model sizes and realistic loading schedules. Its advanced fatigue solver enables wind turbine manufacturers to identify when and where failure could occur in the design by using complete loading duty cycles representing the full 20 year loading events experienced in service.
nCode products are provided by HBM, a world-wide technology and market leader, offering products and services across the entire measurement spectrum, from virtual to physical. For 30 years nCode, has been the leading brand for durability and data analysis solutions. Its technologies help customers understand product performance, accelerate product development and improve design. For more information, please visit www.hbm.com/ncode.
About GL Renewables Certification
GL Renewables Certification has issued guidelines which cover testing conditions, safety systems and quality requirements, for both onshore and offshore installations, in a variety of technical fields. For owners, manufacturers, operators, supplier firms, investors, banks and insurance companies alike certification is an important prerequisite for safe, reliable and highly productive facilities.
GL Renewables Certification has offices in Germany, the U.S., Canada, India and China, and employs 185 people worldwide. For further information, please visit http://www.gl-group.com/glrenewables