The 2015 Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture Conference was held in Dusseldorf, Germany, during the first week of December 2015 with 280 participants meeting in a single-session arrangement. Papers focused on the optimization of wind blade designs, the use of advanced materials, long-term performance, and innovations to improve production processes. Most presenters stressed the importance of quality assurance measures, but only Sandia discussed nondestructive inspection methods (NDI) in its paper entitled “Use of Probability of Detection Studies to Establish the Reliability of Quality Assurance Measures in the Wind Industry.” An extensive post-presentation question and answer session indicated significant interest in the topic. Subsequent discussions produced a number of contacts interested in learning more about Sandia’s NDI work and adopting advanced NDI practices. These contacts will provide outstanding support for Sandia’s ongoing work in NDI Tech Transfer and inspection method training. Following the conference, the first face-to-face meeting of the recently-formed IEA 35 Rotor Blade Committee was conducted. Operating under the auspices of the International Energy Agency, the Committee seeks to establish standards and guidelines for the performance testing and nondestructive inspection of wind blades.
2015 Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture Conference–Dusseldorf, Germany
About the Author: Andrea (Andi) Penner
Program Communications Specialist, Renewable Energy Programs, Sandia National Laboratories, email@example.com
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