Development and metrological validation of a new automated scanner system for freeform measurements on wind turbine blades in the production

Rasmus Ahrenkiel Lyngby*, Ewa Nielsen, Leonardo De Chiffre, Henrik Aanæs, Anders Bjorholm Dahl

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Geometrical defects on the surface of wind turbine blades can severely degrade the blade during operation and lead to reduced lift, which in turn reduces the power output of the turbine. This paper presents an automated surface geometry inspection system, which is designed based on manufacturing requirements. Estimating the measurement uncertainty and establishing traceability is difficult for huge, freeform objects. An approach based on the Modular Freeform Gauge (MFG) method is presented and used to estimate the measurement uncertainty of the system. An expanded measurement uncertainty of 665 μm (k=2) was established for the system and verified by measurements on a 55 meter long blade.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPrecision Engineering
Pages (from-to)255-266
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


  • 3D measurement
  • Freeform surface metrology
  • ISO 15530-3
  • Large object metrology
  • Modular freeform gauge
  • Wind turbine blade

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