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Innovative optical scanning technique and device for three-dimensional full-scale measurement of wind-turbine blades
Author(s): Ho-Ling Fu; Kuang-Chao Fan; Yu-Jan Huang; Ming-Kai Hu
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Paper Abstract

A full-scale three-dimensional profile measurement system with an innovative optical setup for measuring the geometric shape of large wind-turbine blades in high accuracy is developed. A normal full-scale wind blade geometry measurement system can be very expensive. The presented system is low cost, but it can yield a high accuracy for geometric dimensions by error compensation from its measured data. It consists of a low cost long linear stage driven by a direct current motor with linear scale feedback for position and velocity control, and two line-scan optical heads mounted on opposite sides. The line image of the sectional shape profile can be captured by two charge-coupled devices. By scanning the optical head throughout the full length of the blade, the image of the whole profile can be collected. The shape parameters of the wind-turbine blades can thus be determined. A special effort has been employed to improve the straightness and positioning accuracy of the linear stage by error compensation. With system calibration of the stage and the cameras, experimental results show high accuracy of the developed system. This low-cost optical system is expected to measure any full-scale wind blade profile up to several meters in length.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 53(12) 122411 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.53.12.122411
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 53, Issue 12
Show Author Affiliations
Ho-Ling Fu, Chinese Culture Univ. (Taiwan)
Kuang-Chao Fan, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
Yu-Jan Huang, Chinese Culture Univ. (Taiwan)
Ming-Kai Hu, Chinese Culture Univ. (Taiwan)

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