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Offshore Wind Farms Successful Corrosion Protection and Effective Quality Management

From JPCL, December 2016

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By Peter Kronborg Nielsen, FORCE Technology

Following an uncertain start, the present offshore coatings systems for wind farms have shown fine durability against the aggressive marine environment. In this article, positive features from the first wind farms with more than 15 years of service are described, as is the importance of quality management....


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Comment from jerrod monaghan, (1/16/2017, 8:11 AM)

Has the Offshore Wind Farms considered a Thermal Arc Spray vs. these Protective coatings? It seems this would be a perfect fit for them and provide much better protection.


Comment from Stephen Leigh, (1/17/2017, 4:38 AM)

Thanks Peter for a great article, very informative, lets hope most of your points are taken on board by the project management teams.


Comment from Andreas Momber, (1/17/2017, 8:06 AM)

Regarding spray metal applications to offshore wind structures, you can refer to two papers: 1. Performance and integrity of protective coating systems for offshore wind power structures after three years under offshore site conditions. Renewable Energy, Vol. 74 (2015), 606-617. 2. The adhesion of corrosion protection coating systems for offshore wind power constructions after three years under offshore exposure. International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, Vol. 65 (2016), 96-101.


Comment from Andreas Momber, (1/17/2017, 8:07 AM)

There is one more intersting paper on coating damages of offshore wind power constructions: "Quantitative performance assessment of corrosion protection systems for offshore wind power transmission platforms". Renewable Energy, Vol. 94 (2016), 314-327.


Comment from Mike Gould, (1/17/2017, 8:17 AM)

Great Question Jerrod. The article does mention TS coatings on specific parts of the tower. There are many advantages to the Arc sprayed metal including the obvious corrosion protection. Textured "as sprayed" materials are great for reducing slipping on walking/climbing surfaces, grip rails, etc. Thermal Spray materials are used in addition to other coatings in a number of industries.


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