Dual-Axis Resonance Testing of Wind Turbine Blades

Scott Hughes (Inventor), Walter Musial (Inventor), Darris White (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


An apparatus (100) for fatigue testing test articles (104) including wind turbine blades. The apparatus (100) includes a test stand (110) that rigidly supports an end (106) of the test article (104). An actuator assembly (120) is attached to the test article (104) and is adapted for substantially concurrently imparting first and second forcing functions in first and second directions on the testarticle (104), with the first and second directions being perpendicular to a longitudinal axis. A controller (130) transmits first and second sets of displacement signals (160, 164) to the actuator assembly (120) at two resonant frequencies of the test system (104). The displacement signals (160, 164) initiate the actuator assembly (120) to impart the forcing loads to concurrently oscillate thetest article (104) in the first and second directions. With turbine blades, the blades (104) are resonant tested concurrently for fatigue in the flapwise and edgewise directions.
Original languageAmerican English
Patent number8,621,934 B2
Filing date7/01/14
StatePublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Golden, CO)

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PT-5000-62954


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