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Global Lightning Protection Services A/S (GLPS)

Facility Specifications

  • Material testing: Electrical properties of conductive, semi-conductive and insulating materials; conductivity, permittivity, tracking, electrical breakdown strength, etc.
  • High-voltage testing on blades, hubs, nacelles and smaller subsystems and components to simulate the mechanisms and impacts of lightning strikes. The facility can test blade sections and full blades up to 75 m indoors.
  • High-current testing on blades, hubs, nacelles and smaller subsystems and components to simulate the mechanisms and impacts of lightning strikes: 2,100 m² test facility accessible via 9x9m gates (drive through).
  • Testing is performed in accordance with IEC 61400-24 Ed 1.0 Annex D.
  • Test equipment: high voltage and impulse voltage: 3MV; continuous HVDC voltage: 700 kV; high current: 250 kA (10/350 µs) + 1,500 C (DC current).
  • Larger samples can be tested remotely on the OEM production facility – or at another remote location.
  • Large-scale and modular impulse current testing (1.2 MV and 200 kA) on full blades available by 2017.
  • Lightning Striking Simulations; attachment point simulation, exposure risk assessment; current and voltage distribution simulations, model correlation with full-scale testing.

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