Towards early ice detection on wind turbine blades using acoustic waves
Paper i proceeding, 2014

The study focuses on the early detection of ice using controlled acoustic waves propagating in the wind turbine blades. An experimental set-up with a cold climate chamber, a composite test object used in turbine blades and equipment for glaze and rime ice production has been developed. Controlled acoustic waves are generated by magnetostrictive Terfenol-D based actuator. The propagation of three orthogonally polarized acoustic waves was studied by means of 6 accelerometers positioned, 3 each, in 2 holders on the 8 m long composite test object. The results show that for the considered composite test object the formation of ice, the ice mass, icing areas and the temperature have a significant influence on controlled acoustic waves propagation w.r.t. Fourier transform, amplitude attenuation and RMS values as indicators concluding that the proposed acoustic wave technique is a promising approach for ice detection.

magnetostrictive actuator

composite material

Ice detection

controlled acoustic waves

wind turbine

rotor blade


Viktor Berbyuk

Svensk Vindkraftstekniskt Centrum (SWPTC)

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Dynamik

Bo Å Peterson

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Dynamik

Jan Möller

Chalmers, Tillämpad mekanik, Dynamik

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

0277786X (ISSN) 1996756X (eISSN)

Vol. 9063 90630F-1 - 90630F-11- 90630F