Blade Operations And Maintenance Forum


Day One - 5th November 2014

Registration And Refreshments 


Chair's Opening Remarks 

Walter Hornaday , President, Cielo Wind Power  

Understanding And Mitigating The Effects Of Lightning Damage


Evaluating The Latest Options For The Prevention Of Leading Edge Erosion

  • Comparing the current paint and foil options on the market
  • Implementing condition health monitoring systems for the detection of leading edge erosion 
  • What impact does LEP have on AEP? 
Troy Ryan, Eastern Regional Manager, Infigen Energy


Retrofitting Lightning Protection Systems For Improved Integrity

  • Assessing the various market add-ons for improved protection
  • To what extent does retrofitting improve protection?
  • How to retrofit without compromising other blade components
Benjamin Green, Blades Repair Manager, Vestas

Networking Break And Morning Refreshments 


Understanding How To Repair Trailing Edge Criticalities

  • Detecting and repairing edgewise vibration 
  • Methods for reinforcing and repairing trailing edge damage
  • An overview of monitoring solutions during the manufacturing phase
Speaker under invitation

Strategies For Improving Aerodynamic Performance For Increased AEP


Assessing Performance Add-Ons: To What Extent Do They Improve AEP?

  • Using vortex generators to prevent performance degradation 
  • Methods for retrofitting vortex generators to avoid negatively impacting other parts of the turbine
  • To what extent do structural enhancements improve AEP? 
Odin Creel, Senior Site And Wind Engineer, Suzlon

Improving Blade Performance And Reliability

  • Techniques to individuate blade manufacturing defects
  • How do such defects manifest during operations?
  • Strategies for detection before blades leave the factory
Jeffrey Hammitt, Renewables Fleet Manager, NextEra Energy

Networking Lunch


Reducing Icing On Blades In Colder Climates: Blade Warming Solutions

  • Factors affecting blade degradation in colder climates 
  • How does blade warming work?
  • Methods for preventing water intrusion inside the blade
Speaker under invitation

Strategies For Reducing Loads In The Blade For Improved Integrity

  • Using carbon to improve aeroelastic tailoring
  • Implementing carbon reinforcements in the root section of the blade for improved integrity
Ken Siddall, Director Of Services, Siemens
Jeffrey Elberling, Team Leader Composites, Siemens

Efficiently Increasing Turbine Performance

  • Improving aerodynamic attachments such as vortex generators 
  • Protecting and restoring rotor blade leading edge
Santhosh Krishna Chandrabalan, Technical Business Development Leader, 3M

Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments


CASE STUDY: Blade Reliability And Failure Modes

  • Blade failures and normalized failure rates
  • Failure modes and repair rates
  • Lightning damage of carbon spar blades
  • Examples of repairable and non repairable carbon spar damage
David Coffey, Senior Wind Turbine Engineer, Iberdrola Renewables

Inspection Methodologies For More Accurate Fatigue Analysis Of Wind Blades 


PANEL DISCUSSION: What Steps Does The Industry Need To Take To Improve The Commercial Viability Of Drone Inspections?

  • How can the industry mitigate the risks associated with drones?
  • Determining guidelines for the commercial use of drones 
  • Improving the analysis of photographs for quality drone inspections 
  • What is the FAA’s current stance on drone inspections?
Santhosh Krishna Chandrabalan, Technical Business Development Leader, 3M
Jeffrey Hammitt, Renewables Fleet Manager, NextEra Energy 

Chair’s Closing Remarks


Close Of Day One 


Sheraton Suites Houston Near The Galleria

2400 West Loop South

Houston, Texas


United States

commercial opportunities

The Blade Operations And Maintenance Forum offers an excellent opportunity for you to promote your organisation and its capabilities to senior delegates from the wind industry. 

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