Faculty Advisor

Linn, Anthony B.


The goal of this project is to design, build, and test a fully articulated helicopter rotor head system for future implementation on a hover test stand. The stand will be used to measure the forces and moments at the blade roots and the strain along the blades. The design of the rotor head is modular, allowing for the type and number of blades to be changed as desired without major disassembly of the test stand. The design is based on a fully articulated, four bladed rotor head with a custom fabricated swashplate and driveshaft. Additionally, a safety system was designed to ensure the safe operation of the hover test stand and protect the users in the case of failure at maximum rotor speed.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2015


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering