Blade Operations And Maintenance Forum

Forum Day Two - Wednesday 2 November 2016
08:30

Registration And Refreshments 

09:00

Chair's Opening Remarks 

Scott Abramson, Director Of Operational Excellence, Duke Energy 

EXTENDING THE LIFETIME OF BLADES: ADD-ON AND RETROFIT SOLUTIONS 

09:15

PANEL DISCUSSION

What Is The Realistic Lifetime Of Blades? 

When it comes to blades, we often talk about a 20-25 year lifetime. However, many in the industry, including owner operators, are skeptical and are currently asking some important questions that this panel aim to address including (but not limited to): 

  • What happens if a blade goes out of production after 15 years and damage occurs?
  • What services and solutions will be available to the owner operator to repair critical damages and limit LEE issues?
  • OEMs: where do they stand? What’s their opinion and action plan for the future in relation to blade lifetime and support? 

Participants include:

Walter Hornaday, President, Cielo Wind 

Ryan Lauridsen,  CEO,  Bladena 

Romaric Thiebaut,   Specialist - Technical Lead,   Vestas

Gary Kanaby,  Commercial Manager,  WindCom 

10:00

Blade Enhancers – Another Approach To Structural Damages

  • Blade deformations – Root cause for damages
  • Retrofit solutions – Repair and preventive maintenance
  • Cost and life time considerations

Ryan Lauridsen, CEO, Bladena 

10:30 

Networking Break And Morning Refreshments 

11:00

How To Continuously Secure And Improve AEP With Blade Upgrades

  • Avoiding AEP loss with leading edge protection and trailing edge serrations
  • Improving AEP with aerodynamic upgrades
  • Next step: innovative blade upgrades for significant AEP improvements
Romaric Thiebaut,  Specialist - Technical Lead,  Vestas
11:30

Robust Method To Protect And Prevent Leading Edge Erosion

  • Wind Protection Tape is a proven technology to prevent erosion for more than 20 years
  • Learn how a proven technology is re-engineered to have 30+ hours of Rain Erosion
  • Understand the effect of weathering in leading edge protection
Santhosh Krishna Chandrabalan, Global Business Manager - Wind Energy, 3M 
12:00 

OWNER OPERATOR CASE STUDY

Preventative And Reactive Maintenance Strategies

Matthew Sigala, Project Deployment And Support Specialist, EDF RS

Kurt Christensen, Business Development Manager, EDF RS  

12:30

Networking Lunch 

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE: DATA ANALYSIS AND CONDITION MONITORING 

13:30

How To Improve Understanding Of Blade Issues Through Systematic Gathering Of Inspection Data

  • Moving from reactive to proactive maintenance
  • How to benefit from long-term blade service contracts
  • Case Examples

Ville Karkkolainen,  Managing Director,  Bladefence 

14:00

New Sampling And Grease Analysis Techniques To Diagnose Blade Bearing Issues

  • Blade bearings are difficult to monitor in service due to accessibility and slow or minimal rotation

  • Many operators have experienced blade bearing issues including grease leakage, cage separation, seal damage, and bearing failure

  • Published research conducted in Denmark with DONG and Statkraft to determine best practices for obtaining representative blade bearing samples

  • Analysis performed on 1-gram samples to determine grease condition, contaminants, product mixing, and wear type and severity

  • Findings of Danish blade bearing sampling research and case studies on blade bearing grease analysis and bearing failure modes

Richard N. Wurzbach, President, Grease Thief 
14:30

Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments 

15:00

Increasing Turbine Availability Through State Of The Art Condition Monitoring 

  • Monitoring the health condition of blades
  • Using faults diagnosis to detect problems and prevent future failures
  • Determining when it is essential to repair the fault
  • Observing blade performance to determine when add-on solutions are required 

Daniel Molyneux, Blades Manager, Vestas 

15:30 

Siemens Case Study: Leading Edge Protection Advancements 

  • Leading edge erosion - root cause analysis 
  • Surface protection system 
  • PowerEdge
  • BIM - Blade Integrity Management 

Jeff Elberling,   Mechanical Engineer,  Siemens

Drew Eisenberg,  Senior Wind R&D Engineer,  Siemens 

16:00

Chair's Closing Remarks

16:15

End Of Forum