Expert 3D Scanning of Wind Turbine Towers

Wind Turbine 3D Scanning

Inspect your wind turbine towers for deformities using 3D Scanning

It is estimated that there are over 53,000 wind turbines in the US. With that many in operation, it is inevitable that some will fail, sometimes catastrophically. When that happens, it is necessary to carefully examine the tower to make sure it is structurally sound. 3D scanning is by far the best and most effective tool for wind turbine inspections. With our technology and experience, inspecting wind turbines has never been easier, safer, or cost effective.  

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    Examine whether a tower is bent

    To determine if a tower is bent, an as-designed reference model of the tower is created. This can be reverse-engineered from the 3D scan or created using exact specifications from the manufacturer. The wind turbine 3d scan is then compared to the reference model. The difference between the two is depicted in a deviation image showing the location of any bends and the degree of deflection.
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    Reference Model
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    Deviation Analysis
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    Deviation Analysis

    Examine locations and depths of dents

    If the turbine has a catastrophic failure, it is likely that the tower was impacted by blades at one or more locations. In order for engineers to evaluate the impact of the dents on the structural soundness of the tower, they need to know the precise shape and depth of the dents. Wind turbine 3D scanning can capture this information safely from ground level.

    Obtain section drawings of blades for detailed analysis

    We can scan sections of turbine blades. These can be provided as 2D DXF/DWG line drawings, 3D IGS curves, 3D solid NURBS models, or 3D parametric models.
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    Blade Section

    LONG RANGE 3D SCAN OF WIND TURBINE

    In order to gather the data needed for an inspection, we have one of our scanning technicians perform a long range 3D scan of the turbine.

    RAW 3D SCAN DATA

    Once we have the raw scan data, we have a “digital twin” that can be used to inspect the tower for dents and overall straightness.

    DEVIATION IMAGE COLOR MAPS

    Color maps identify the presence of dents and show their depth, shape, size and precise location.

    FINAL PRODUCT: INSPECTION REPORTS

    You receive a comprehensive inspection report that maps out all dents and deformations as well as tower straightness.

    For all of your 3D scanning services for Wind Turbine inspections, look no further than Arrival 3D. We have the technology, experience and unrivaled customer service to deliver highly accurate results for your project. We scan wind turbines of all sizes.

    call us today at 866-687-7784 for a quote to support your wind turbine 3d scanning needs