Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Rupp Carriveau


Applied sciences



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With commercial wind power generation coming of age, the majority of research and development has gone into the design of turbine blades and the components within the nacelle, leaving the turbine mast largely ignored. The author proposes a system for the instrumentation and monitoring the modal properties of a commercial wind turbine, as well as the design and creation of a model suitable for use in wind tunnel tests. This is accomplished via a combination of experimental and theoretical methods. A system for structural monitoring of the turbine will allow for early warning and preventive maintenance of masts in the field. The model will focus on conditions where failure of the mast is most likely to occur, such as severe weather events. These tools will prove valuable in the design of masts as well as siting for wind farms.