After successful field trials, Dantec Dynamics is releasing a new ruggedized shearography system for up-tower inspection. Shearography is an optical inspection technique to find sub-surface defects in material such as wind-turbine blades. In conjunction with Rope Partner, a specialist in rope access services in the wind-energy industry, the capability will enable detection of defects, including wrinkling, up-tower across large areas while keeping access cost to a minimum. Minor defects often lead to greater damage and can ultimately to blade failure, resulting in expensive replacement cost and lost production.
No surface preparation is required and inspection-coverage rates of more than 150 sq ft./hr are possible. “This collaboration offers state-of-the-art technology coupled with fast reaction times and low access costs, and it adds high value to inspections from the customer’s perspective,” said Dantec Dynamic’s Matt Crompton.
Visit Dantec Dynamics and Rope Partner at WINDPOWER 2011 in Anaheim: To learn more about the partnership and see a demo of Dantec Dynamics’ shearography equipment, visit Rope Partner’s booth (#4119).
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