Creating Smarter Bonds on Repaired Wind Turbines

Written by Emily Walsh

As the wind energy industry grows—by 2020 it is expected to provide 10% of the nation’s electricity— wind turbine manufacturers must strive for the most reliable and efficient product that operates reliably and seamlessly. Adhesion failures in the field, are unacceptable and even dangerous, but still occur.

Wind turbine manufacturers are making it a priority to overcome adhesion failures in the field and implement ways to ensure repairs only need to be done once. Currently, wind turbine repair is extremely expensive: in most cases, the part must be shipped back to the manufacturing plant for repair. And most importantly, turbine failure could be damaging and dangerous to what could be in the vicinity.

Adhesion failures most often happen due to improper surface treatment prior to adhesion. Optimizing adhesion processes and gaining control of the bond surface guarantees a reliable bond and prevents failures in the field.

As a result, wind turbine manufacturers are turning to the best in surface cleanliness gauges: The Surface Analyst.

Engineered by adhesion experts with over 30 years of experience, the Surface Analyst is used to optimize composite bonding processes on wind turbines by precisely quantifying the surface and giving the manufacturer control of the bonding process.

From the lab to the factory floor to the repair field, the Surface Analyst combines ease-of-use and portability along with precision and accuracy.

Research and Development specialists use the Surface Analyst to engineer an optimal adhesion process. By determining the needed level of surface cleanliness to properly bond, the manufacturer can take that information and create a pass/fail range for the factory floor.

On the factory floor, the Surface Analyst provides an accurate and easy-to-use surface cleanliness gauge for the assembly line to ensure each bond is made on the ideal surface.

The ability to make repairs in the field saves manufacturers significant time and money. With the portability and compactness of the Surface Analyst, it easily accompanies the user to quickly and precisely service wind turbines in the field.

Gaining control of the bonding process in manufacturing decreases waste and cost and most importantly, reduces failures in the field. Wind turbine manufacturers use the Surface Analyst to develop and optimize adhesive bonding processes on composites and determine the necessary level of surface cleanliness to provide a proper bond that will withstand the elements.

As the renewable energy industry grows, manufacturers are creating more innovative technology and the Surface Analyst is there to help deliver the most advanced and efficient product.