Articles filed under Structural Failure from Europe

Collapse of wind turbine under investigation

So far the investigation has found that one of three blades failed catastrophically, thus creating a huge imbalance that caused the tower to buckle 15 meters above the ground and led to the structure crashing down. ...The incident comes weeks after a similar turbine collapse in the Mecklenburg Pommeria town of Süderholz.
4 Jan 2017

Storm Barbara blows blades from wind turbine

Uk-blades-throw_thumb A dog walker watched in horror as Storm Barbara blew the blades from a wind turbine - and they headed towards him. ...TGC Renewables applied for the wind farm at Scar End in 2012 and was initially rejected. That decision was overturned later that year on appeal by the planning inspector.
24 Dec 2016

Massive wind turbine catches fire and burns for hours because German fire fighters don't have ladders long enough to tackle the 100m high blaze

The flames struck this morning in Isselburg in North Rhine-Westphalia. Emergency services were called at 6am to the turbine near Wolf Lake. Around 40 emergency personnel and six vehicles attended the scene. Investigators looking into possibility that a lightning storm was to blame.
29 Aug 2016

Turbine burned - 500,000 euro loss

On Thursday, a wind turbine burned in Lathen (Emsland). The total loss, according to police was about 500,000 euros. The fire was believed to have been caused by a defective gearbox casing. Firefighters were at the site in the morning but the situation was not under control until afternoon. By the time they arrived the nacelle and the rotor blades were already in flames.
7 Jul 2016

Wrecked wind turbine 14 years old

Havariertes-windrad-ist-14-jahre-alt_pdaarticlewide_thumb Early morning, last Saturday a windmill near Brandenburg an der Havel lost a blade. The failure occurred after having operated for just 14 years. The life expectancy was at least double that number of years. The citizens' group "Save Brandenburg" warns of the dangers of wind turbines.
3 May 2016

Analysis: Siemens acts on turbine collapse with more checks

Catastrophic failure is widely defined as the complete, sudden, often unexpected breakdown in a machine or other system. This winter, there have been four such events reported across the wind industry. With regular wind turbine service and maintenance and the possibility of sophisticated condition monitoring, how is such an embarrassing failure — appearing as it seems out of the blue — still possible?
12 Feb 2016

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