Our Solution


Design, Production & Installation

armour EDGE provides a one-stop solution for wind farm owner operators. From laser-scanning blades to precision engineering and installing the ultra-tough shields.

STEP 1

Leading edge geometry captured, and reverse engineered to create accurate profile for producing of thermoforming tools.

STEP 2

Thermoforming tools CNC machined from solid aluminium block.

STEP 3

Specially formulated ultra-tough thermoplastic sheeting moulded into lengths of armourEDGE shields.

STEP 4

ArmourEDGE shields trimmed to final profile, bar-coded and shipped.

STEP 5

Wind turbine blade accessed by rope, elevated platform or cradle.

STEP 6

Acralock adhesive bonds armourEDGE shields to blade leading edge.

Simple, Inexpensive Application



The application process is simple, rapid and inexpensive, so a consistently high quality result will be achieved.
armour EDGE erosion shields can be installed by blade maintenance technicians utilising rope access in a rapid process that combines Category 1 & 2 Leading Edge (LE) repairs with Leading Edge Protection application, and trials show it typically takes just one day to complete this combined procedure on the upper portion of three average offshore Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) blades.
The surface should be cleaned and prepared for adhesion then the erosion shield is dry fitted. Adhesive is applied to the underside of the erosion shield then distributed using a bespoke spreader design, the shield is then aligned with adjacent shields to ensure an aerodynamically optimal surface and pressed into place.
The tapered edges of the shield are then faired in further to the LE surface to create a smooth transition. Finally, a protective coating may be applied to protect the joints from environmental factors.
In the unlikely event that an erosion shield is damaged due to exceptional circumstances, for example a lightning strike or bird collision, then it can be rapidly and easily replaced without any adverse effect on the integrity of the remaining LEP on the blade.
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