IEC 61400-23 Wind Blade Testing

  • Blade lengths up to 70 m
  • Static proof loads to > 30,000 kN·m
  • Up to six simultaneous load points at 130 kN
  • Fatigue loads to > 20,000 kN·m
  • Natural frequency and damping measurements
  • Blade rotation system with >150 kN·m brake system
  • Digital image correlation to characterize surface buckling
  • Rolling ultrasonic probe to inspect adhesive joints

Wind Blade Substructure Testing

  • Beam fatigue testing up to 2,000 kN
  • Root stud pull-out testing
  • Bending or torsion testing on joints and sections

Wind Blade Testing Client Testimonial

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Gamesa 56 Meter Blade Testing

We completed static strength testing of a 56-meter (184-foot) wind turbine blade for Gamesa, a global technological leader in the wind industry, based in Spain. Juan Diego Díaz, marketing director for Gamesa, said: “North America was a logical place to conduct this important step in our product development, supporting our growing commercial opportunities in that region and globally. We were impressed by the testing quality, safety and attention to detail provided by the UMaine team in successfully testing our blade,” Image is courtesy of Gamesa.

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Additional Equipment

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Reinforced concrete test stand capable of testing wind blades, towers, foundations, and other structures up to 230 ft (70 m) in length in both static and fatigue testing modes.

 

Hastest Solutions Environmental Test Chamber 

Capable of simulating the extreme temperatures and other conditions of offshore environments, this chamber can be outfitted with load frames and actuators to apply loads to your components during testing.

Door opening 4.3 m x 4.25 m high

Temperature range -40 to +50°C

  •  Uniformity ±3.0°C, constancy ±0.2°C

Relative humidity range 20 to 95%

  •  Uniformity ±5%, constancy ±2.5%

Ramp rate in thermal cycling ±10°C per hour

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22′ x 22′ x 20′ (6.8 m x 6.8 m x 6.1 m high).