Wind generator vanes can suffer degradation by erosion, particularly at their outer edge, produced by particles (dust, sand, etc.) which are present suspended in the air. Because of this, the ever increasing presence of wind parks in zones of extreme climate make it puts an onus on optimising the protection coating material, with the aim of guaranteeing good yields, even in the most extreme conditions.
The main parameters that affect this phenomenon are, on the one hand, gel-coat characteristics (type, hardness, thickness) and lineal velocity of the vane; on the other hand, the concentration and typo (hardness, granulometry) of the abrasive particles. Of course, the time of exposure of the vanes to an aggressive environment is the determining factor for the appearance of this effect.
The optimisation of gel-coat characteristics on wind generator vanes has been the main objective of the project in which INASMET, Basque technological center, has participated with in conjunction with vane manufacturers, FIBERBLADE.
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