Structural Testing Technology Development: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-06-00200

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


NREL is the only organization in the US that is accredited to conduct tests of wind turbine systems and components in accordance with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) test standards. The National Wind Technology Center houses the only full-scale wind turbine blade drivetrain test facilities in the US. To maintain these facilities, accreditation, and the acceptance of the wind industry, NREL must strive continuously to maintain and improve staff capabilities, procedures, facility and equipment. In addition, as wind turbines continue to increase in size, NREL must improve its capability to test the larger components associated with these new turbines. NREL is currently investigating methods to increase blade and drivetrain testing capabilities. Mitsubishi Power Systems (MPS) must also strive to meet the demands of the evolving wind energy industry by developing, proving and manufacturing new, cost-effective blades for its turbines. Mitsubishi has established a joint venture with TPI composites of Rhode Island for manufacturing blades to be installed on US wind turbines. There is an obvious advantage to test these prototype blades in a US facility. The NREL blade test facility is uniquely capable of fulfilling this need. In addition, NREL can provide other testing support to MPS through the use of its dynamometer facility for drivetrain testing and through the use of NREL’s field-testing capabilities for testing wind turbine systems. This CRADA provides the opportunity for both organizations to achieve critical goals in development of wind energy in the US. MPS obtains verification of its wind turbine components and system. NREL obtains improved test capabilities.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages19
StatePublished - 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-80822


  • composites
  • fatigue testing
  • static testing
  • structural testing
  • wind turbine rotor blade


Dive into the research topics of 'Structural Testing Technology Development: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-06-00200'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this