How Long Will Rotor Blade Coatings Last?
Atlas’ Weathering Testing Offers a Glimpse into the Longevity of Wind Turbine Coatings
Linsengericht, Germany, November 2013 – Atlas Material Testing Technology, the global leader in weathering technology and services, presented state-of-the-art solutions for weathering testing of rotor blade coatings at the Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture Conference, December 3 – 5, 2013, in Duesseldorf, Germany.
Wind turbines are installed in some of the harshest climates on earth, ranging from tropical to arctic offshore. Smooth rotor blade surfaces are key to a wind turbine’s efficient performance. Utilizing the best materials and components when constructing a wind turbine can help reduce its maintenance and downtime and increase its long-term efficiency.
Multifunctional coatings are a critical component of a wind turbine’s rotor blade. These coatings must provide a smooth and aerodynamic surface and protect the blade matrix from an array of environmental impacts such as erosion due to rain, hail and UV light. They also need to possess anti-icing and self-cleaning properties that will last for the required lifetime of the coatings.
Atlas’ xenon arc instruments provide realistic testing to determine the long-term effects of sunlight, heat and moisture on the efficiency and functionality of rotor blade coatings. Accelerated weathering is essential in order to select the right coatings and avoid premature failure and costly downtimes.
Atlas offers high-irradiance Xenon weathering instruments to decrease testing times, as well as a unique immersion accessory that allows for simultaneous exposure to saltwater and light for offshore coatings testing.
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Atlas is a recognized leader in material testing, offering a complete line of instruments and services for accelerated and natural weathering. In addition, the Atlas Consulting Group helps clients from various industries including photovoltaics, coatings, plastics, textiles, automotive and cosmetics develop the best weathering processes for their products.
Atlas is a unit of AMETEK Measurement & Calibration Technologies, a division within AMETEK's Electronic Instruments Group, a recognized leader in advanced monitoring, testing, calibrating and display instruments. AMETEK, Inc. is a global leader in electronic instruments and electromechanical devices.
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