At a glance
To help prevent damage to wind power system turbine blades, the EU initiated the SmartFiber project, which involved developing a reliable method to constantly monitor the structural health of fiberglass composite components. As part of a project team that includes Imec, FBGS Technologies, Ghent University (Belgium), Airborne, XenICs and Optocap, Fraunhofer IIS developed the wireless interface which provides power to the embedded system and at the same time reads out and transmits the acquired data at high speed.
The system relies on embedded sensors that capture and analyze stress data such as temperature and tension. This information is transmitted by the wireless interface developed by Fraunhofer IIS.