Review of inspection and quality control techniques for composite wind turbine blades

Udayanga Galappaththi, Anjali DeSilva, Martin Macdonald, Olatunji Richard Adewale

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The presented study covers an overview of the manufacturing defects of wind turbine blades, in-service damages and the available inspection techniques that are used to identify defects in wind turbine blades. In this paper, the detection capabilities and performance of visual inspection, acoustic emissions, ultrasonic testing and X-ray inspection have been reviewed. The paper describes the importance of developing quality control guidelines for wind turbine manufacturing sectors based on standard inspection methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-85
Number of pages4
JournalInsight - Non-Destructive Testing and Condition Monitoring
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012



  • condition monitoring
  • wind turbines
  • mechanical engineering
  • inspection methods

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