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Coating Analysis for Wind Turbines

Coatings are applied to improve performance on many wind turbine components operating in different environments.  Lucideon provides state-of-the-art imaging, surface topography mapping, chemical analysis, thermal analysis, bonding and adhesion characterization to provide fundamental understanding of the composition and behavior of interfaces and coating systems.

Raw material and coating properties are evaluated to assess and optimize coating manufacture, application, bonding, endurance and finish to shorten product development cycles and lengthen service life on components ranging from bolts and gear box parts to wind turbine blades in any environment.

Our services include characterization of composition, thickness, homogeneity, porosity, microstructure, interface interactions, bonding, surface roughness, micro hardness, discoloration, wear, and changes in functionality of coating systems and performance.

Lucideon has developed the metallographic techniques to perform the proper sampling, sectioning, mounting, and polishing to effectively analyze and image coatings in cross-section.  Proper technique is crucial to preserve true coating features, such as retention of coating edges, and Lucideon’s technique is informed by decades of experience.

Examples include:

  • Thermal Barrier Coating systems for turbine blades
  • Functional coatings to prevent or restrict corrosion
  • Wear coatings
  • Porous coatings made by additive layer manufacturing (ALM) methods.

Surface analysis techniques are compatible with retrospective 3D mapping and depth profiling techniques.  Detailed surface topography and color-coded chemical constituent maps may be provided from a surface or cross-sectional plane to provide a thorough understanding and characterization of any coating system.

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    Your Metal Component has Failed in Fatigue: What do you do next?
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