This is a grant on a research and feasibility project of Advanced Tower Systems BV (ATS) in Enschede. The project will determine the feasibility of the development of dry horizontal joints for the ATS hybrid wind turbine towers. The basic design of ATS was developed in 2005. The ATS tower is mainly made of concrete precasted corner and flat elements that are to be assembled on the location to be used as a high tower for windturbines.
Currently, the design is being reviewed and optimised. A significant reduction of weight and building time are to be expected. A dry horizontal joint in stead of the currently used grout joint is one of the more relevant changes in design. The grant will be used to make FE analyses and do research on materials als well as lab tests.
The project is partly funded by the European Union. For more information: www.op-oost.eu