SGS to Present its Rotor Blade Testing Services at the Technical Conference on Wind Turbine Rotor Blades 2010 in Essen, Germany


Wind turbine rotor blades are extremely fragile structures, created by combining materials with critical interconnections between sub-components. In addition, they are subjected to highly demanding forces during their operational life. Wind turbine blade failures can have a severe impact on safety, turbine downtime and public exposure.

This event, dedicated solely to the topic of rotor blades, aims to widen the attendees´ knowledge of construction, production, fatigue and approval of rotor blades on the bases of rotor aerodynamics and the consequent static and dynamic stresses and strains. Modern techniques of structural health monitoring (SHM) and repairs, as well as legal provisions and experience regarding the recycling of fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) rotor blades, round off the conference. Apart from deliberations of a theoretical nature during the conference, the highlight of the event is the practical experience of the highly regarded specialist speakers in this area.

For SGS Renewable Energy Services, participation in this event offers a good opportunity not only to stay up-to-date with new technologies and the latest developments in the wind energy industry, but also to demonstrate its Wind Turbine Blade Testing capabilities. The range of services offered by SGS in this area include onsite blade inspection, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) of rotor blades, manufacturing quality assurance, failure analysis, rotor blade design verification, transportation and installation supervision and in-service inspection.

Furthermore, SGS will introduce its innovative SGS Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC) (PDF 153 KB) which will be opened shortly in Tianjin, China, enabling SGS to provide full-scale Wind Turbine Blade Testing and Certification. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology for load application and blade measurements, the WETC can perform static and fatigue tests for various purposes including certification testing according to IEC 61400-23, blade design validation, manufacturing quality testing and validation of repairs and design changes.

Visitors are welcome to discuss any aspects of the various services offered for the wind energy sector with SGS experts.

About SGS Renewable Energy Services

SGS Renewable Energy Services works as an independent project surveyor and offers verification, inspection, supervision, testing and certification services worldwide for onshore and offshore wind farm projects. By providing experienced staff and technical expertise in wind technology, SGS aims to improve trust in wind farm projects and secure the high quality of wind farms.


Source: sgs, June 10, 2010;