Fiberglass & Blade repair
In a perfect world all blade repair would be done on the ground—but that’s not the real world. This reality means you need a team that can produce structurally sound repairs to manufacturers specifications 150 feet off the deck — which is where we come in.
Repairing fiberglass is both an art and a science. There is a right way and a wrong way but at the end of the day, the quality of the work is determined by the skill level and attention to detail of the technician. When it comes to rebuilding the entire length of a blade’s leading edge there are no shortcuts. A disciplined, rigorous and fastidious attitude is what it takes to get the job done and you can count on Rope Partner to deliver just that.
Experience and history matter for blade repair. In the US alone we have performed significant repairs on over 500 blades, changed out over 1300 receptors, replaced hundreds of aerodynamic stall strips and performed over 2000 blade inspections, both internal and external. These included end-of-warranty as well as high-profile serial case inspections for well known blade manufacturers over the last two years. We have worked in factory settings assisting in post-production serial case remediation and non-destructive testing. Rope Partner has also been involved in several manufacturer and end-user pilot projects. We have extensive experience and extremely conscientious blade technicians that can be of considerable value to you in meeting your blade service needs.
Rope Partner’s Fiberglass Program was initially developed in 2004. A leading blade manufacturer trained several of our technicians in all aspects of blade repair, from minor surface damage to entire tip replacements. We then integrated this knowledge into our WindCorps™ technician training (a combination of in-house trainings and on-the-job mentoring), and have participated in other manufacture trainings, constantly leveraging opportunities to expose our technicians to new technologies and work practices. We have performed extensive non-destructive testing operations for blade manufacturers using thermography to identify factory defects in blades and have been called in for quality control monitoring of major remediation projects.
Regardless of whether a blade was damaged in transit, during erection or delaminated by lightning strike, Rope Partner’s WindCorps™ technicians have the tools, skills and mindset to restore your damaged blade to optimal condition.
Our technicians are comfortable working on both epoxy and polyester based blades. In addition to blade repair we also provide a complete suite of fiberglass services for the whole tower including:
- Stall strip, vortex generator and Z-tape installations
- Installation and replacement of leading edge protective tapes
- Rotor blade pitch bearing seals
- Nacelle and spinner fiberglass repair