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WORK TO BEGIN ON £4.1M WORLD-LEADING COMPOSITE TEST CENTRE FASTBLADE

The first major engineering works on FASTBLADE, a state-of-the-art composite structures research facility, begins this month (July) as part of an industry-academic partnership between Babcock International Group and the University of Edinburgh.

A team of Babcock engineers will begin construction of FASTBLADE’s 75 tonne structural reaction frame and will start fitout of the new facility, based at Babcock’s Rosyth site.

It 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.

The facility is funded to a value of £4.1 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the University of Edinburgh, with Babcock appointed as principal engineering designer. It 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.

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