Through automation of a new ultrasonic technique, Bodycote Materials Testing AB (BMT AB) in Sweden has developed a new inspection system. The Windblast system was officially introduced to the international market at the Husum Wind fair in Germany between 18-22 september and has already been ordered by three major manufacturers of wind turbine blades.
The system is dedicated to the inspection of adhesive bond lines and GFRP laminates in wind turbine blades. Windblast is designed to penetrate through thick laminate thickness and to scan curved surfaces allowing for fast inspection of skin to web bond lines for example. The system can even handle inspection of leading and trailing edge bond lines with the help of specially designed conformable arrays.
BMT AB is part of Bodycote International plc., with more than 300 facilities in 30 different countries. BMT AB is headquartered in Linköping, Sweden. It is an independent knowledge company with a broad range of consultancy and testing services within materials technology. A relatively new niche is the development of fully or semi-automatic inspection systems, completely tailored to the customer's needs. The demand for this type of equipment is increasing, due to increased productivity, whilst at the same time improving the quality of the inspections carried out.
Lars Åberg, MD of BMT AB: "This product is a great example of how knowledge and experience from the Aerospace industry can be applied to other business areas in an international market. Similar composite materials and inspection methods, that are more commonly used in the wind power industry today, have been used in Aerospace for several years. By using the experience from that business area, combined with the latest ultrasonic technology and the extensive use of automation, we have succeeded in creating a product that saves both production time and increases safety within the wind power manufacturing sector."
For further information:
Lars Gustafson Operation Manager NDT : 46-13-169158
Lars Åberg Managing Director : 46-13-169018
Box 1340, SE-581 13 Linköping, Sweden.