Hamburg, Germany (PressExposure) November 22, 2009 -- With about 500 exhibitors and over 6,000 visitors, the China Wind Power Conference 2009 was the most important wind event in China. Hosted by the recognized and respected Wind Energy Trade Association the conference took place from October 21-23, 2009, in Beijing. In a presentation, Marcel Poodt, Lead Engineer explained the capabilities of SGS Wind Energy Services. He also discussed the different blade testing possibilities and methods that SGS offers.
The SGS Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC) in China will be opened by midyear 2010. The facility will mainly focus on Rotor Blade Testing. As blade failures can have severe impact on safety, turbine downtime and public exposure, a thorough validation of the blades through full-scale testing is indispensable.
Equipped with state-of-the-art technology for load application and blade measurements, the testing center can perform static and fatigue tests for various purposes: certification testing according to IEC 61400-23, blade design validation, manufacturing quality testing, validation of repairs and design changes.
Besides full-scale testing, WETC offers testing of material coupons and Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) methods specifically developed for rotor blades. These tests are supported by the different global Competence Centers and Laboratories of SGS.
At the SGS Stand, turbine designers, blade manufacturers, wind park developers and many more visitors took the chance to ask questions about the Blade Test Center as well as about current topics regarding wind energy quality and reliability of wind farms. Highlight on the stand was a scale model of the WETC visualizing the static and fatigue test principle on a 1.5m blade.