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Infrared thermal wave nondestructive testing for rotor blades in wind turbine generators non-destructive evaluation and damage monitoring
Author(s): Shi bin Zhao; Cun-lin Zhang; Nai-ming Wu; Yu-xia Duan; Hao Li
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Paper Abstract

The rotor blades are key components in wind turbine generators. A visual inspection of the laminated shells for delaminations, air pockets, missing/disoriented fabric etc. is in most cases also not possible due to the manufacturing process, so Non-destructive testing and evaluation (NDT & E) techniques for assessing the integrity of rotor blades structure are essential to both reduce manufacturing costs and out of service time of wind turbine generators due to maintenance. Nowadays, Infrared Thermal Wave Nondestructive Testing (Pulsed thermography) is commonly used for assessing composites. This research work utilizes Infrared Thermal Wave Nondestructive Testing system (EchoTherm, Thermal Wave Imaging, Inc.) to inspect a specimen with embedded defects (i.e. foreign matter and air inclusions) in different depth which is a part of rotor blades in wind turbine generators, we have successfully identified defects including foreign matter and air inclusions, and discovered a defective workmanship. The system software allows us to simultaneously view and analyze the results for an entire transition.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7383, International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2009: Advances in Infrared Imaging and Applications, 73831W (4 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.835123
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Shi bin Zhao, Beijing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China)
Cun-lin Zhang, Capital Normal Univ. (China)
Nai-ming Wu, Beijing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China)
Yu-xia Duan, Beijing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China)
Hao Li, Beijing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7383:
International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2009: Advances in Infrared Imaging and Applications
Jeffery Puschell; Hai-mei Gong; Yi Cai; Jin Lu; Jin-dong Fei, Editor(s)

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