Within the scope of our research project for more efficient generator cooling, nacelle and blade air conditioning as well as the associated service life extension of the rotor blade structure, our cooperation partner the Technical University of Hamburg, Dennis Gibhardt, M.Sc.; Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Bodo Fiedler published the first results on 14 June 2019 in the Fibers Journal Volume 7, Issue 6:
Effects of Hygrothermal Ageing on the Interphase, Fatigue, and Mechanical Properties of Glass Fibre Reinforced Epoxy
Reliability and cost-effectiveness represent major challenges for the ongoing success of composites used in maritime applications. The results show a significant decrease in fatigue life for saturated Glass Fibre Reinforced Epoxy specimens. In contrast, a water absorption of 50% of the maximum content showed no impact. This is especially remarkable because static material properties immediately decrease with the onset of moisture absorption.