The FLEXTURBINE consortium is built around an industrially initiated nucleus: Core representatives of the European turbine industry have joined forces and involved leading European universities and research institutes to address the identified research and technology questions. They will cooperate to achieve the project objectives, sharing experience and know-how and developing results with complementary skills. The following figure outlines the contributions of each partner to the FLEXTURBINE topics and the impact on the future market drivers for flexible energy generation.
The consortium setup comprises all steps of the value chain and thus ensures that the technology is applied as soon as possible. The industrial design capabilities are complemented by selected high profile university departments, which are also involved in modelling activities as well as in preforming rig and component tests.
COMTES FHT Inc. is a research organization mainly dealing with research on metallic materials.
The compa-ny consists of four research departments: department of computer simulation, department of metallurgy and heat treatment, department of materials analysis, and department of mechanical testing and thermophysical measurements. FLEXTURBINE will be mainly resolved by the department of mechanical testing. The department consist of three groups, i.e. the mechanical testing group, the thermophysical measurement group, and the work shop group. Project related tests will be performed by the mechanical testing group while all specimens and potential testing fixtures will be provided by work shop group. The mechanical testing laboratory is capabable for providing a loading capacity range from 2kN up to 1MN and possible loading velocities from quasi-static up to dynamic 25m/s. Tests can be performed in a wide temperature range from liquid nitrogen up to melting temperature for most technical alloys (there are available environmental chambers, high temperature split furnaces, resistive heating and inductive heating systems for high temperature tests). There are also possibilities for multi-axial loading of specimens or components. There is a wide range of strain measuring systems available from mechanical ones over video extensometers, laser speckle extensometers, high speed camera up to digital image correlation systems ARAMIS for 3D strain measurement. Considered low cycle tests within the project can be performed on several systems in stress or strain control mode at room as well as at elevated temperatures
COMTES role in the project is the data measurement in the field of low cycle fatigue.
The institute has long term experiences in this field and is very well equipped and, hence, is able to provide reliable results as a base for further investigations. COMTES is able to perform room temperature and high temperature tests as required in the project proposal.
He is expert dealing with materials testing problematics over last 20 years.
He has long term experiences with mechanical testing at elevated temperatures and dynamic testing in the field of fracture mechanics and fatigue. He gained his experiences thanks to long term stays at Forschugszentrum Rossendorf, Germany (4 years), Fracture research institute of Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan (15 months) and Imperial college of Technology, Science and Medicine, London UK (2 months). He is member of European Structure Integrity Society (ESIS), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), European association for the promotion of research into the dynamic behaviour of materials and its applications (Dymat) and some others. He has long term experiences with national and international research projects.