CENELEC - EN IEC 61400-5
Wind energy generation systems - Part 5: Wind turbine blades
|Publication Date:||1 August 2020|
|ICS Code (Wind turbine energy systems):||27.180|
This part of IEC 61400 specifies requirements to ensure the engineering integrity of wind turbine blades as well as an appropriate level of operational safety throughout the design lifetime. It includes requirements for:
• aerodynamic and structural design,
• material selection, evaluation and testing,
• manufacture (including associated quality management),
• transportation, installation, operation and maintenance of the blades.
The purpose of this document is to provide a technical reference for designers, manufacturers, purchasers, operators, third party organizations and material suppliers, as well as to define requirements for certification.
With respect to certification, this document provides the detailed basis for fulfilling the current requirements of the IECRE system, as well as other IEC standards relevant to wind turbine blades. When used for certification, the applicability of each portion of this document should be determined based on the extent of certification, and associated certification modules per the IECRE system.
The rotor blade is defined as all components integrated in the blade design, excluding removable bolts in the blade root connection and support structures for installation.
This document is intended to be applied to rotor blades for all wind turbines. For rotor blades used on small wind turbines according to IEC 61400-2, the requirements in that document are applicable.
At the time this document was written, most blades were produced for horizontal axis wind turbines. The blades were mostly made of fiber reinforced plastics. However, most principles given in this document would be applicable to any rotor blade configuration, size and material.