Wind Turbines Thermal Imaging

Wind Turbines Thermal Imaging

Wind Turbines Thermal Imaging

Call Alpine Thermal Imaging Systems for Wind Turbines Thermal Imaging. Wind Turbines are a familiar sight throughout Oklahoma and Texas. Energy harvested from the wind through wind turbines is one of the most common forms of renewable energy. With an ever-increasing demand for this renewable energy source, comes the need for a reliable and economical way to provide monitoring and maintenance.  A Wind Turbines Thermal Imaging inspection from a FLIR enabled UAV/ Drone can play an important role in the wind turbine predictive maintenance programs.

Wind Turbines Thermal Imaging cameras play an important role in wind turbine predictive maintenance programs. Thermal imaging cameras from FLIR Systems are used to inspect electrical and mechanical installations all over the world. The thermal data gathered help to prevent dangerous accidents and costly downtime. All critical components of a wind turbine can be monitored using a thermal imaging camera from an aerial FLIR Thermal Imaging Systems.

Failures

Wind turbines consist of different electrical and mechanical components. As with all other electrical and mechanical equipment, wind turbines are susceptible to wear and can break down. When turbines break down it results in expensive downtime, but more importantly, in a dangerous accident. The common cause of the failure is in either the brake mechanism or in the gearbox. The brake mechanism or in the gearbox, which means that the turbine is allowed to revolve at many times its normal speed. This puts an inordinate load on the blades and could cause a blade to suddenly detach from the rotor. These break-away blades carry an enormous amount of kinetic energy and momentum, leading to life-threatening accidents. At high speeds pieces of a blade suddenly detaches from the rotor it can have momentum as it is hurled away at high speeds. Parts of broken blades have been found up to 10 miles away from the wind turbine after a mechanical failure.  By doing continuous Wind Turbines Thermal Imaging inspections such accidents the risk of such accidents can be mitigated.

Predictive Maintenance

The thermal data gathered help to prevent dangerous accidents and costly downtime to vital Wind Turbines. All critical components of a wind turbine can be monitored using a thermal imaging camera from systems. Thermal imaging cameras can be used to inspect the electrical components such as transformers, connectors, controllers yaw motors and such. Thermal imaging is the only technology that allows you to inspect all electrical and mechanical components of the wind turbine and of the surrounding electrical system. It is commonly agreed on that electrical and mechanical components become hot before they fail. By looking at a component through the lens of a thermal imaging camera, this temperature spike (hotspot) can be spotted failure occurs. Call Alpine Thermal Imaging Systems for your Wind Turbines Thermal Imaging inspection and report.