ICE Grade 120 Lashing the solution for the transport of rotor blades
RUD’s global headquarters in Germany played a crucial role in the
transport of rotor blades used in the Eneco wind farm project. Located 23 kms off the coast between the Dutch cities of Zandvoort and Noordwijk lies the 129MW Eneco Luchterduinen wind farm. It generates clean electricity for nearly 150,000 households.
To facilitate the delivery of materials, Van Oord used “Aeolus”
- The rotor blades had to
be transportedusing a special steel frame called a “rack,” which was mountedon the transport surface of Aeolus. This rack could carry 24 rotor blades at a time.
- The fully loaded rack was to
be transportedon every trip, alongside eight towers and machine houses.
- To withstand transport loads and wind loads, the two halves of the rack needed to
be stabilisedwith lashing equipment.
- At each of the 160 force transmission points, the lashing equipment had to have a strength of LC=10,000
- The lashing equipment elongation had to be minimal and its weight kept as low as possible. The manpower required for lashing also had to
be keptto a minimum.
The RUD team, together with Van Oord’s
At the centre of the solution was
the RUD ICE Grade 120 lashing chains system using 10mm chains, tensioning elements and end lifting and shackle componentry.
A combination of this tried and tested ICE
The bottom two-metre-long end made use of the ICE system. The main handling
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