Wind turbine tower failure - Orkney Islands, UK

October 02, 2014

Material Failure Analysis, Mechanical Failure Analysis


Envista Forensics mechanical and electrical engineers were retained to determine the root cause of several monopole wind farm tower failures.


The on-site activities included detailed inspection of all the towers, the use of a loader and angle grinder to cut the selected samples, and coordination with all parties involved.


Following Envista's analysis, it was concluded that the towers failed due to either incorrect welding and/or the hot dip galvanizing process. Envista engineers also noted a number of "beach marks" on the failed surfaces, indicative of fatigue which developed over time, and no apparent overload on the bearings.

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