One of the problems frequently found in wind farm project and construction is that road bends with a reduced radius often needs an additional widening to allow the passage of the trucks with the WTGs components.

Normally the biggest problems come with the blades. I suggest using a commercial software such as AutoTURN to estimate the actual additional road widening needed, because the tables provided by wind turbine manufacturers are almost invariably inaccurate and often based on wrong hypothesis.

The point is that there are too many variables to simplify the problem and give a single "one size fits all" value:

• Angle between entry and exit tangent of the bend: the lesser the angle, the bigger the widening.
• Type of vehicle (number of wheels, center of turning circle, dimensions).
• Different possible trajectories chosen by the driver.
• Use of real wheels independent control.

Simulating software are great because they use real word data: the trucks are equipped with GPS equipment and the movements of the vehicle is registered and transformed in an algorithm that allow to replicate it in your AutoCAD project, with realistic results and cost effective solutions.

In the next image the trajectory of the different components of the truck in a bend with reduced radius are detailed. If the tractor unit follows a path in the center of the road, the rear wheels (orange lines in the drawings) will need an additional road widening both before the beginning of the bend and inside the bend.

It will also be necessary to clear an area appropriate for the transit of the blade tip (outside the bend, cyan line in the drawing) and for the truck body (inside the bend, green line in the drawing).

Figure 1: Standard wind farm internal road bend

It is also noteworthy that most of the trailers for WTGs components transportation allow orientating rear wheels independently from guiding front wheels.

For this reason, the road widening can be completely internal to the bend (using the steering control of the rear wheels) or external, sweeping the area outside the bend.

These solutions are normally more demanding in term of additional required area. They are used in situation where, due to existing constraints (buildings, structures, property boundaries, etc.) the standard widening cannot be used and a solution only inside or outside the bend must be found.

Here you have an example of a widening only in the interior side of the bend:

Figure 2: Wind farm internal road bend. Widening only in the interior.

This is a non standard solution, and as you can see it needs more space.

The third possibility is to use only the area outside the bend:

Figure 3: Wind farm internal road bend. Widening only in the exterior side.

This solution needs an enormous amount of space, and we use it only in exceptional situations.

# AutoTURN special transport Nooteboom vehicle library

Here comes my collection of AutoTURN Nooteboom trucks for wind blades transport.

I’ve created them starting from several drawings, technical documentation and brochures I’ve found trough the years for the Teletrailer and Telestep. Of course I can’t guarantee they are correct, but until now they have worked – no truck has been stuck in a bend.

The main problem you will see if you work with AutoTURN is that you can’t use the reverse direction with this type of vehicle, although in real world situation we use it quite often: for this reason when I need to simulate it I use a standard truck, only “stretched” to the length of a Teletrailer.

The V100 is available in 2 version, with vertical and horizontal (that is, lying) blade as I’ve seen it transported in both ways.

AutoTURN Nooteboom Teletrailer vehicle library

# Liebherr cranes AutoCAD DWG blocks

My collection of AutoCAD blocks of several Liebherr cranes.

Special thanks to Ruben for helping me with the conversion from PDF to DWG.

You will find different type of cranes commonly used in wind farm projects: cranes for loading and unloading the wind turbine components, auxiliary tailing cranes, cranes for the pre-erection, main cranes (both standard and narrow track).

Hope you can find them useful!

More cranes here: Terex/Demag cranes and Manitowoc cranes AutoCAD DWG blocks.

Liebherr LTM 1090 crane autoCAD block

Liebherr LTM 1130 crane autoCAD block

Liebherr LTM 1160-5.2 crane autoCAD block

Liebherr LTM 1450-8.1 crane autoCAD block

Liebherr LTM 1350 crane autoCAD block

Liebherr LR 1400 crane autoCAD block

Liebherr LR 1400 2W narrow crane autoCAD block

Liebherr LTM 1500 8.1 crane autoCAD block

Liebherr 1600 W narrow track autoCAD block