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Wind Turbine Shearography Robotic Inspection on-blade system

SheaRIOS is a solution for the Wind Turbine Blade (WTB) inspection industry.
It enables easier, faster and more accurate inspection utilising robotics and shearogra-phy, a high-quality method that is applied outside of the laboratory for the fi rst time. A deployment platform will ascend on the wind turbine tower and deploy a work climber on the base of the blade. The climber will move on the blade by means of air-suction and carry out inspection with a shearography kit on a cantilever. The deployment platform will also act as the power and data link..

Operational modeling is done by EDF.
Beeing the end-users they drive this Innovation Action. Preliminary testing and validation of the market-readiness of SheaRIOS robotic application will take place at their site, both on-shore (EDF R&D) and off -shore (EDF Renewables)..

Savings and benefits.
Based on our analysis, the non-destructive testing service provider would save 1,055 € per wind turbine inspection and payback of SheaRIOS investment will be achieved after 152 inspections, or the fi rst 2 years. The wind farm operator will save more than 1 full day per wind turbine inspection, because of the reduced inspection time, which directly translates to less revenue lost due to idle wind turbines.


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SheaRIOS is a solution for the Wind Turbine Blades (WTBs) inspection industry that enables easier, faster and more accurate inspection utilizing robotics and shearography.

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Improved Safety & Reduced downtime by Creating environmental and commercial benefits.

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The SHEARIOS project

SheaRIOS is a solution for the Wind Turbine Blade (WTB) inspection industry that enables easier, faster and more accurate inspection utilising robotics and shearogra-phy, a high-quality method that is applied outside of the laboratory for the fi rst time. A deployment platform will ascend on the wind turbine tower and deploy a work climber on the base of the blade. The climber will move on the blade by means of air-suction and carry out inspection with a shearography kit on a cantilever. The deployment platform will also act as the power and data link. Operational modeling is done by EDF, the end-users that drive this Innovation Action. Preliminary testing and validation of the market-readiness of SheaRIOS robotic application will take place at their site, both on-shore (EDF R&D) and off -shore (EDF Renewables). Based on our analysis, the non-destructive testing service provider would save 1,055 € per wind turbine inspection and payback of SheaRIOS investment will be achieved after 152 inspections, or the fi rst 2 years. The wind farm operator will save more than 1 full day per wind turbine inspection, because of the reduced inspection time, which directly translates to less revenue lost due to idle wind turbines. Project ambitions
  • Detect blade subsurface defects
  • Develop a robot to deploy the inspection system on the blade
  • Ensure safety in any possible failure condition
  • Prepare a cost-benefit model of the application
Project
  • Shearography will be adapted for robotic deployment at heights
  • Fully automated with full area coverage inspection
  • Fail proof robotically deployed inspection
  • Timely and accurate inspection results
  This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 780662 – H2020-ICT-2017-1

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