The first major engineering works on FASTBLADE, a state-of-the-art composite structures research facility, will begin in Rosyth later this month.
A team of Babcock engineers will begin construction of FASTBLADE’s 75 tonne structural reaction frame in early July, and will start fit out of the new facility at Babcock’s Rosyth site.
The facility, part of an industry-academic partnership between Babcock International Group and the University of Edinburgh, will initially be used for lifetime fatigue testing of renewable energy tidal turbine blades, using pioneering technology which will be the first of its kind in the world.
Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and University of Edinburgh, the facility will be an international centre of innovation in the research and testing of composite materials and structures for a variety of industries such as tidal energy, marine, transport, nuclear and aerospace.
FASTBLADE is expected to be fully operational in 2021.