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.