Leading Edge Protection

With professional engineering and expirenced skilled laboratory support, you can have confidence that your materials will perform in the best way possible and meet the highest standards of quality.
AeroNordic can support you all the way with material validation to ensure the success of your product.

We perform initial screening and selection of Leading Edge Protection materials and associated processes iaw with DNVGL-RP-0573.


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What is the leading edge of a wind turbine blade?

The leading edge of a wind turbine blade is the front edge that faces the oncoming wind.

It is the first part of the blade that the wind hits, and it is designed to slice through the air with minimal resistance, allowing the blade to capture the maximum amount of energy from the wind.

The shape and curvature of the leading edge are carefully designed to optimize the blade’s performance, and even small changes in the design can have a big impact on the turbine’s efficiency.

Therefor when you perform testing the test specimen quality is not to be questioned.

AeroNordic can support with manufacturing of test specimens in the right quality.

What is a LEP system?

LEP is a short term of leading-edge protection.

A leading-edge protection system can include various measures such as coatings, tapes, films, shells or inserts that cover the leading edge to prevent damage from impacts, erosion, or weathering.

The goal is to prolong the lifespan of the blade and minimize the need for repairs or replacement, which can be costly and time-consuming.

Why is Leading Edge Protection material validation crucial for wind turbine blades?

Coating, tape, film, shell material validation is a crucial aspect of ensuring the reliability and longevity of wind turbine blades, particularly in the case of the blade leading edges.

Wind turbine blade maintenance is very expensive to perform depending on the extent of the damage, the size of the turbine, and location, repair materials, labour costs, and any associated downtime or lost revenue.

Therefore, it is essential to proper validate any blade material, leading edge protection system, before introducing this to the wind industry market.

Coatings in particular

Coating material validation for blade leading edges involves evaluating the material’s ability to withstand the unique environmental conditions to which it will be exposed.

The process typically involves physical testing, chemical analysis, and accelerated aging tests to ensure that the coating material meets the required standards for adhesion, thickness, hardness, and chemical resistance.

At AeroNordic we perform all required tests.

How to screen & validate for Leading Edge Protection Systems?

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Another reason(s) for choosing AeroNordic?

High standard on documentation:

  • Traceability: Documentation allows for traceability of the material being tested, including its origin, testing procedures, and results. Everything to ensure that the material meets required standards.
  • Reproducibility: The documentation provides a record of the testing process and results, allowing others to reproduce the testing and verify the findings.
  • Quality: Documentation serves as a quality control tool, allowing for thorough review and analysis of the testing process to identify any potential issues or areas for improvement.

Overall, high-quality documentation is essential for ensuring the accuracy and reliability of material testing results and can help prevent costly errors or legal issues down the line.