At our Technology Center we have various functions for securing the validation and verification of wind turbine blades in different areas. The global Technology Center has a critical role in the development and application of our technologies.
The reason for us to start our own testing programme in 1999 was to avoid the long waiting times for external test beds. Having all the test facilities in-house means our customers receive their blades sooner. Below is a short summary of activities carried out at the Center.
Our wind tunnel is a shining star for the company. It is a capability that very few other companies have. It allows LM to deliver blades with optimized aerodynamic properties which “reduce the cost of energy”. In the wind tunnel both new and old profiles can be compared allowing us to evaluate improvements. As LM increases the complexity of our profiles, we will answer the critical question of value for these ideas.
Full scale blade testing
Full scale testing provides LM with world-leading test capabilities. All new blades must go through this testing to meet requirements for type certification and for serial production approval. We are known as technology driven and with a highly skilled footprint. We can test blades both statically and dynamically. After testing we can perform a crash-test to establish the blade “safety zone”. Full scale blade testing will continue to evolve as LM challenges the limits of blade technology.
Material and Process workshop
In this workshop, the development validation and verification of materials, processes and sub scale components, including the chemical lab and mechanical testing facilities takes place.
The LM Wind Power Brand Center is a presentation of LM Wind Power! explaining our history; customer approach, technoogy, testing, service and logistics; and critical factors like cost of energy and all that we see happening in the future! A tour of the Brand Center can be combined with visits to the wind tunnel and test facilities of the Technology Center.
The key objective in Quality Assurance is to promote quality awareness and know-how throughout the organization, also securing the HSE performance and the continued lean effort. We measure, analyze and ensure continuous improvements through monitoring of our processes. We secure inspection plans, inspection methods and equipment as well as testing new materials, processes, methods and structural performance of our products.