GUIDED WAVES IN WIND TURBINE MONOPILES IMMERSED IN WATER
- Conference date: 26–31 July 2009
- Location: Kingston (Rhode Island)
We study the guided waves in a structure which consists of two overlapping steel plates, with the overlapping section grouted. This geometry is often encountered in support structures of large industrial off‐shore constructions, such as wind turbine monopiles. It has been recognized for some time that the guided wave technology offers distinctive advantages for the ultrasonic inspections and health monitoring of structures of this extent. It is demonstrated that there exist advantageous operational regimes of relevant ultrasonic transducers which result in significant improvement of the inspection range, even when the structures are totally submerged in water.
- Wind turbines
- Industrial inspection
- Ultrasonic transducers
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