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United States Patent Application

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Rotor blade assemblies and wind turbines are provided. A rotor blade assembly includes a rotor blade having exterior surfaces defining a pressure side, a suction side, a leading edge and a trailing edge each extending between a tip and a root, the rotor blade defining a span and a chord, the exterior surfaces defining an interior of the rotor blade. The rotor blade assembly further includes a loading assembly, the loading assembly including a weight disposed within the interior and movable generally along the span of the rotor blade, the weight connected to a rotor blade component such that movement of the weight towards the tip causes application of a force to the rotor blade component by the weight. Centrifugal force due to rotation of the rotor blade biases the weight towards the tip.
Soloway, Daniel David (Greenville, SC)
General Electric Company (Schenectady NY)
14/ 251,752
April 14, 2014
[0001] This invention was made with government support under contract number DE-AR0000293 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.