BASF’s Master Builders Solutions plays an important role in the production of alternative and renewable energy by aiding the successful construction of modern windfarms.
In response to fast-changing new designs and advancing technology, BASF experts have drawn on over 100 years of experience in the construction industry to engineer high-strength, ultra-durable and fatigue resistant grouts that specifically meet the demands of off- and onshore wind turbine installations and refurbishments.
Offshore wind turbine installations are extremely large, heavy and slender structures. They require large-scale subsea grouting to form robust, structural connections between the foundations and the wind turbines. These vital links in the construction are exposed to huge dynamic forces. BASF’s MasterFlow 9500 fatigue resistant grout has the proven ability to absorb enormous bending movements and vibrations, wave actions, aggressive temperature changes and high wind loads. A key application benefit of the MasterFlow 9500 grout is the rapid strength build up even in temperatures as low as 0°C, guaranteeing a fast, secure and cost-effective installation, earlier operation of the windfarm and return on investment.
Elsewhere in its offshore wind turbine grouts portfolio, BASF’s Master Builders Solutions has pioneered bulk supplied solutions with MasterFlow 9800 and MasterFlow 9600. As a DNV GL certified structural grout, MasterFlow 9800 has been chosen for the largest grouted jacket foundation projects in the North Sea. For non-structural applications, MasterFlow 9600 is typically used in transition piece skirt backfill applications to mitigate bolt corrosion and marine vessel impact forces. Bulk supplied products dramatically reduce the number of required crane movements and increase the worksite safety condition while proving a track record of efficient project execution.
For the safe and durable installation of onshore wind turbines, our uniquely formulated, high-performance MasterFlow 9300 grout contains metallic aggregates for ultra-high strength and fatigue resistance, that can be applied at temperatures as low as 2°C. MasterFlow 9300 demonstrates excellent long-term durability and its rapid strength build-up ensures quick, safe and cost-effective installations.
MasterFlow 9200, an ultra-high strength, fatigue resistant grout, has been especially developed to meet the structural requirements of all Vestas onshore turbine installations and types. The material exhibits high early strength even at cold temperatures, and allows for much faster completion of the overall project and faster revenue for the owner or investor of the windfarm.