Damage mechanism based approach to the structural health monitoring of wind turbine blades

Malcolm McGugan, Leon Mishnaevsky*

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Abstract

A damage mechanism based approach to the structural health monitoring of wind turbine blades is formulated. Typical physical mechanisms of wind turbine blade degradation, including surface erosion, adhesive fatigue, laminate cracking and in some cases compressive kinking and failure are reviewed. Examples of a local, damage mechanism based approach to the structural health monitoring of wind turbine blades are demonstrated, including the monitoring of leading edge erosion of wind turbine blades, adhesive bond failure, plydrop delamination, static and dynamic plydrop tests, and bolt and laminate fatigue. The examples demonstrate the possibilities of monitoring specific damage mechanisms, and specific localizations of wind turbine blades.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1223
JournalCoatings
Volume10
Issue number12
Number of pages23
ISSN2079-6412
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Wind energy
  • Wind turbine blades
  • Maintenance
  • Structural health monitoring

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