Articles | Volume 3, issue 2
Wind Energ. Sci., 3, 639–650, 2018
Wind Energ. Sci., 3, 639–650, 2018
Research article
13 Sep 2018
Research article | 13 Sep 2018

Remote surface damage detection on rotor blades of operating wind turbines by means of infrared thermography

Dominik Traphan et al.

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Short summary
Wind turbines are exposed to harsh weather, leading to surface defects on rotor blades emerging from the first day of operation. Defects grow quickly and affect the performance of wind turbines. Thus, there is demand for an easily applicable remote-inspection method that is sensitive to small surface defects. In this work we show that infrared thermography can meet these requirements by visualizing differences in the surface temperature of the rotor blades downstream of surface defects.