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

U. I. K. Galappaththi, A. De Silva, M. Macdonald, T. Adewale

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Abstract

One of the main global engineering challenges for wind energy sector is to develop efficient wind turbines with high fatigue life. Large wind turbine blades are made out of polymer composites to give high specific stiffness and strength, and good fatigue performance. However, large composite structures are prone to defects such as delamination and adhesive failure, which can lead to crack initiation and propagation under cyclic stresses. The presented study covers an overview on manufacturing defects of wind turbine blades, in-service damages and available inspection techniques, which are used to identify defects in wind turbine blades. In this paper, the detection capabilities and performance of visual inspection, acoustic emission, ultrasonic testing and X-try inspection have been reviewed. As concluded remarks, the paper describes the importance of developing quality control guidelines for wind turbine manufacturing sectors based on standard inspection methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication50th Annual Conference of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing 2011 (NDT 2011)
PublisherThe British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing
Pages143-151
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781618393432
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event50th Annual Conference of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing 2011 (NDT 2011) - Telford, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Sep 201115 Sep 2011

Conference

Conference50th Annual Conference of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing 2011 (NDT 2011)
Abbreviated titleBINDT 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityTelford
Period13/09/1115/09/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)

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