TII SCHEUERLE RBTS from P.Adams Group Transporting 83m Wind Turbine Blades
Heavy-load specialist P. Adams acquired three rotor blade transport systems (RBTS) from TII SCHEUERLE for transporting the longest rotor blades on the market safely and efficiently. The transport company, which specialises in wind turbines, mastered the first practical application with 83-metre-long blades with flying colours. Company boss Stephan Adams was highly satisfied and praised the operability, functionality and driving characteristics of the innovative award-winning trailer combination.
The length of the loaded tractor-trailer combination made this a task for real professionals, such as those working at the Luxembourg-based company Transpalux, part of the P. Adams Group.
The transport of each rotor blade took two full nights. A total of 24 rotor blades had to be transported from the port city of Uddevalla in western Sweden, where the wind turbine components were landed, to the wind farm near Knöstad, located about 170km to the north-east where a leading European wind farm developer needed the 24 rotor blades for the eight wind turbines there.
The transport involved using the RBTS from TII SCHEUERLE and was mainly carried out on Swedish country roads. In the process, the convoy had to manoeuvre around numerous bends and, at the end of the transport on the construction site, also had to negotiate steep gradients and unpaved roads. The particular challenge of this task was transporting loads that were 83m long. These rotor blades are amongst the longest available on the market. The loaded tractor-trailer combination was 96m long and weighed around 65t, with the load itself weighing about 30t.
‘Although the bends were widened, our operators still had to constantly adjust the steering,’ reports Stephan Adams, managing director of the P. Adams Group.
“Transport equipment such as the RBTS from TII SCHEUERLE is unrivalled for transporting rotor blades with a length of more than 75 meters over long transport routes. After the first major use, we are very satisfied with the Jeep-Dolly trailer combination,” says Stephan Adams. The SCHEUERLE RBTS consists of a two-axle jeep dolly with a free turning device and a four-axle trailer. It is also possible to mount the free turning device directly on the tractor, but then a four-axle or five-axle tractor is required due to the high fifth-wheel load, while Transpalux uses three-axles.
The assembly of the wind blade is done according to the plug-and-play principle. With the help of a lifting device, the wing root is easily picked up from the ground. The quick-coupling solution consists of the free-turning device with the root adapter and a root frame that is connected to the wing root. This frame can then be attached to the free turning device in no time at all using the adapter. A clamping device on the back-up in turn fixes the tip of the rotor blade. It can be adapted to accommodate rotor blades from other manufacturers.
The deployment marked a first for RBTS at P. Adams. All three RBTS trailer combinations were used in Sweden. “Prior to this transport, our drivers only worked with telescopic saddles and we had previously only had the opportunity to try the RBTS during a test load. But in the end that wasn’t a problem for our drivers. They quickly became familiar with the functions of the equipment. It all worked very well,” says Adams. According to the company boss, this was also due to the comparatively simple handling of the RBTS. “Our drivers mastered it in a very short time,” he reports
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