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3M™ Wind Protection Tapes

Wind blades often turn up to 200 mph (320 kph). At this speed, tiny objects such as sand, rain, hail and salt spray can cause enough damage to reduce wind blade aerodynamics. And if the blade deteriorates to the point where water enters, the blade could fail, severely impacting the entire wind turbine.

3M™ Wind Protection Tapes can significantly reduce and even eliminate leading edge erosion in wind turbine blades. Based on similar technology used to protect helicopter blades and aircraft radomes, these exceptionally tough, puncture-resistant tapes are easy to apply either at the blade manufacturer or in the field. They can help extend the useful life of turbine blades in even the harshest environments.

 
 
 
Product
Number

 
 
 
 
Color

 
 
 
 
Opacity

 
 
 
Thickness
mils (mm)

 
 
 
 
Liner

Tensile
Strength
@ Break
lb/in
(N/100 mm)

 
 
Elongation
Break
(%)

W8607

Colorless

Transparent

14 (0.36)

Poly

80 (1400)

500

W8609

Colorless

Transparent

14 (0.36)

Poly

70 (1228)

500

W8620

White

Opaque

14 (0.36)

Paper

80 (1400)

500

W8640

Gray

Opaque

14 (0.36)

Poly

87 (1542)

500

 

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3M Wind Protection Tape Application Video

3M Wind Blade Protection Tape

Wind blades often turn up to 200 mph (320 kph). At this speed, tiny objects such as sand, rain, hail and salt spray can cause enough damage to reduce wind blade aerodynamics.

3M (TM) Wind Protection Tapes

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