Date of Defense


First Advisor

Dr. Peter Gustafson


A load transferring apparatus prototype was designed and built to conduct fatigue testing on a wind turbine blade. The apparatus functions to secure the root of a small scale wind turbine blade and to provide an interface between the blade and a hydraulic actuator, which applies load to the system. The purpose of this prototype is to be able to develop a resource that would advance the Western Michigan University's renewable energy program. This was done by designing, simulating, and building an apparatus capable of transferring variable loads and displacements from an axial-torsional load-frame to the wind turbine blade.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only