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Atlas Material Testing demonstrates xenon testing for wind blade coatings

The weathering testing company will showcase its instruments for determining service life of wind turbine blade coatings at this week's Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture Conference in Duesseldorf.

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Posted on: 12/2/2013
Source: CompositesWorld

Technology (Linsengericht, Germany and Chicago, Ill.), a supplier or weathering technology and services, presents state-of-the-art solutions for weathering testing of turbine blade coatings at the upcoming Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture Conference, December 3 – 5, 2013, in Duesseldorf, Germany, booth 25.

Wind turbines are installed in some of the harshest climates on earth, ranging from tropical to arctic offshore. Smooth blade surfaces are key to a wind turbine's efficient performance. Utilizing the best materials and components when constructing a wind turbine can help reduce its maintenance and downtime, and increase its long-term efficiency.

Multifunctional coatings are a critical component of a wind turbine's rotor blade. These coatings must provide a smooth and aerodynamic surface and protect the blade matrix from an array of environmental impacts such as erosion due to rain, hail and UV light. They also need to possess anti-icing and self-cleaning properties that will last for the required lifetime of the coatings.

Atlas' xenon arc instruments provide realistic testing to determine the long-term effects of sunlight, heat and moisture on the efficiency and functionality of turbine blade coatings. Accelerated weathering is essential in order to select the right coatings and avoid premature failure and costly downtimes.

Atlas offers high-irradiance Xenon weathering instruments to decrease testing times, as well as a unique immersion accessory that allows for simultaneous exposure to saltwater and light for offshore coatings testing.

For more information about Atlas weathering testing equipment and services visit Atlas online at www.atlas-mts.com or contact atlas.info@ametek.com.

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