- Published on 13 April 2015
CHOOSING THE RIGHT VIDEOSCOPE MATERIAL FOR WIND ENERGY
The use of a wind endoscopy inspection method makes it possible to detect any unexpected deterioration in normal operating conditions as early as possible, and thus prevent subsequent damage to the wind turbine.
THE CHALLENGE OF MAINTAINING WIND TURBINES
Wind energy is becoming more and more popular and for good reason, it is proving to be more economical than nuclear or thermal energy and is also clean energy. If wind turbines have the advantage of producing electricity from a resource as abundant as free (the wind!), The costs of producing wind energy are far from zero: there are the costs construction and maintenance. If wind turbines have a lifespan of 20 years, like thermal power plants, their turbines require constant inspections and repairs in order to hope to reach such a lifespan. 20 years during which the gearbox, the blades and the multiple parts of each turbine must be precisely and regularly inspected.
To do this, professional requirements impose the use of industrial endoscopic controls via endoscope or videoscope to carry out inspections intended to detect any critical component failures as soon as possible. Wind turbine endoscopy indeed offers the possibility of visually inspecting damaged elements in order to determine the existing condition of the components and to validate the results of vibration measurement and / or oil analysis.
APPLICATIONS TO INSPECT :
Wind turbine NDT control
When a wind turbine with a diameter of 90 to 200 m transmits a rotational force to a generator, the gearbox finds itself subject to very severe constraints which will inevitably alter the parts of its mechanism; hence the need to constantly carry out inspections and maintenance operations in order to avoid that a small anomaly lead to a major operating problem. Here are the applications to be inspected regularly in endoscopy in the wind sector:
- Tooth flanks
- Fire safety systems
- Short repair times
- Corrosion inspection
- Difficult to reach mountings
Video endoscopes for wind energy
Wind endoscopy often requires a certain mobility, use a portable videoscope such as those from the VUCAM range. Record all your photos and videos live. The articulation of the probe is very flexible and very sensitive in order to more easily search for the details to be inspected.
For inspections of large length and small diameter, it is very interesting to inspect with the high-end VUMAN E3 videoscope. Indeed, its video probe can be articulated on 4 axes up to 30 m long. In addition, its double LED lighting will allow you to play on the contrasts and thus perfectly visualize the interior of the application.
To view the inside of piping at least 30 mm in diameter, you can use a BIG endoscopic camera which will give you perfect vision over 80 m. Its drum system guarantees easy storage in the warehouse but also comfortable inspection.
In order to always have a range of versatile videoscopes on hand, we advise you to equip yourself with VISIO videoscopes. They will allow you to view the application on tablet, PC, monitor or directly on videoscope if you wish. The CMOS sensor is a reference in visual inspection, it will allow you to obtain a very clear image even in very dark applications.
FORT Endoscope offers you these different endoscope models which are particularly suitable for wind turbine endoscopy. These endoscopes will allow you to check the existence of failures and discontinuities in the components of the wind turbine and thus detect any deterioration in normal operating conditions. The more an anomaly is detected upstream, the easier it will be to protect yourself from downtime and the very expensive repair of wind turbines.
REMOTE VISUAL INSPECTION OF WIND TURBINE (RVI)
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