Researchers successfully test drone inspections of wind turbines

By Michelle Froese Editor’s note: This article was published in ScienceDaily, with materials provided by Luleå University of Technology. University researchers performed a successful field experiment of turbine inspections using autonomous drones.
In this study, a drone’s task was to inspect a wind turbine and reconstruct a 3D model of it to detect faults and cracks. (Photo: Luleå University of Technology)
Wind turbines are getting bigger and bigger. The larger the wind turbines are, the more kilowatts they can produce. But larger turbines also imply increased difficulties in inspecting them.
Usually cranes and people are used to inspect both the rotor blade and the overall structure.

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