Nanoengineered graphene-reinforced coating for leading edge protection of wind turbine blades

Nicolai Frost-Jensen Johansen, Leon Mishnaevsky Jr.*, Arash Dashtkar, Neil A. Williams, Søren Fæster, Alessio Silvello, Irene Garcia Cano, Homayoun Hadavinia

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    Possibilities of the development of new anti-erosion coatings for wind turbine blade surface protection on the basis of nanoengineered polymers are explored. Coatings with graphene and hybrid nanoreinforcements are tested for their anti-erosion performance, using the single point impact fatigue testing (SPIFT) methodology. It is demonstrated that graphene and hybrid (gra-phene/silica) reinforced polymer coatings can provide better erosion protection with lifetimes up to 13 times longer than non-reinforced polyurethanes. Thermal effects and energy dissipation during the repeated soft impacts on the blade surface are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1104
    Issue number9
    Number of pages18
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


    • Coatings
    • Leading edge erosion
    • Wind energy
    • Wind turbine
    • Wind turbine blade


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