MFG Energy Services recently teamed with WINDprove (Davis, CA) and CNT Metal Solutions (Spring Valley, CA) on a research project to develop an innovative method for replacing the aluminum root of the V-47 turbine blade with a fiberglass insert using bonded studs. After 14 or so years of field service in the USA, many of these workhorse turbines are experiencing blade root problems.
The approach the team took involved fabricating a replacement root insert (developed at MFG Texas). Successfully proven in the shop, the solution is now ready to roll out for field trials. The exciting solution promises to add years of productive life to the aging V-47’s. MFG ES will be in the field this summer with a newly designed trailer and equipment for onsite replacements.