Numerous methods of 3D Construction Printing have begun to be developed by organizations globally in the last few years for manufacturing houses, footbridges, and other relatively small structures. RCAM Technologies is developing Reinforced Concrete Additive Manufacturing methods for manufacturing mega-scale and highly loaded structures such as ultra-tall wind turbine towers, wave-energy devices, industrial applications, and civil works.
- Greentech Media Article Link: https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/is-3d-printing-the-solution-for-ultra-tall-wind-turbine-towers#gs.rJMTdNw
- 3D Printing article link: https://3dprint.com/196653/taller-3d-printed-wind-turbines/
- Offshore wind turbine tower link: https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/how-3-d-concrete-printing-could-slash-time-and-cost-to-build-offshore-wind
One of the first applications for concrete additive manufacturing was for very low cost residential houses in developing nations. Behrokh Khoshnevis’ at Countour Crafting Corp and the World Advanced Savings Project (WASP) have pioneered the development of technologies for these markets. In recent years, tens of public and private organizations across the globe have begun …
Founded to develop concrete additive manufacturing technologies initially for wind energy technologies. The company’s vision for wind energy is to develop land-based and offshore wind turbine towers and substructures up to 250-m tall at half the cost of conventional tall tower technologies. RCAM Technologies’ team, partners, and advisors have been carefully selected to provide world-leading expertise in key disciplines needed to dominate industrial concrete additive manufacturing markets.
Jason Cotrell, MSE, MBA
CEO of RCAM Technologies, and the inventor of several RCAM Technologies’ patents and wind turbine tower designs. He provides the team with cross cutting knowledge in concrete additive manufacturing, wind energy, machine design, technoeconomic analysis, business acumen, and project management obtained during a 22-year career at the U.S. Depart of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). LinkedIn
C.P. (Sandy) Butterfield
Founder and President of Boulder Wind Consulting. Sandy has been an innovator and leader in wind energy his entire career. Prior to founding Boulder Wind consulting Sandy co-founded Boulder Wind Power, a startup company that developed an innovative direct drive generator technology. He led Boulder Wind Power through its formative stages as CEO, helping to raise $48 million to develop its radical direct drive technology. Prior to that he spent over 24 years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), most recently as Chief Engineer at NREL’s National Wind Test Center and leader of the Gearbox Reliability Collaborative. Prior to NREL he co-founded ESI, a wind turbine manufacturing company in 1980. His work at NREL included aerodynamics research, testing, design reviews, contract management, manager of the applied research program and leader of the certification / standards program. Sandy was chair of IEC TC88 and is currently Chairman of IECRE the IEC Renewable Energy Conformity Assessment System (www.IECRE.Org ). He still serves on several IEC international standards committees. LinkedIn
Mo Li, Ph.D.
Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her expertise is in advanced and multifunctional materials and structures, concrete additive manufacturing, fracture mechanics, distributed sensing method, and industrial ecology. She also has 15 years of experience with engineered cementitious composites that feature extraordinarily large tensile ductility. She directs the Advanced Infrastructure Materials Manufacturing and Research Laboratory at UCI, and has access to the UCI Large-Scale Structural Testing Hall. She has served as principal investigator for a number of federal-, state- and industry-funded research projects, including three DOE projects that focus on innovative concrete technologies, advanced manufacturing and monitoring methods for energy-related applications. LinkedIn
Xiaopeng Li Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from UCI in 2018. His key expertise is in advanced concrete technology, novel cementitious materials and sensors, reinforced concrete structural design, testing, finite element analysis, and health monitoring. He has extensive research experience with several federal- and state-funded research projects.
Yun Chen Wu, MSCE
A doctoral student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. His expertise is in the rheology, microstructure and durability of geopolymers and cementitious materials. He also has extensive experience with advanced materials characterization techniques such as high-resolution optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction analysis, solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and X-ray micro-computed tomography.
Phil J. Barutha
The owner of BBE LLC, and an expert in wind plant construction and scheduling. Phil has supervised over 1,200 MW of wind plant construction while working at Mortenson Construction, and leads the construction scheduling and logistics analysis for Iowa State’s DOE funded Hexcrete concrete tower project. He has 15 years of field engineering, project engineering, and project management expertise, and is completing a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering in June 2018 at Iowa State University.