Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2016


Mechanical Engineering Technology

Committee Chair

Rodger Beardsley

Second Committee Member

Charles Pringle

Third Committee Member

Matt Burvee

Fourth Committee Member

Ted Bramble


A split board binding is used to link two halves of a theoretically cut in half snow board together and fasten an alpine touring boot used for both skiing and mountaineering in place. The binding is removable so that one can alpine tour uphill on skins and be assembled at the top so that the rider can link both halves of the board together and bind their alpine touring ski boot into place to the split board. The binding system is required to be ultra light for Alpine Touring purposes and still be strong enough to withstand the rigors of jumping off a vertical 7.5 ft cliff and landing on compact snow. The ultra light split board binding has resulted in a finished working product that at this point has been tested using both rider and lab testing methods. Testing is focused on the coupling beam and has been dimensionally checked for permanent deformation of which no deformation has taken place, which indicates the elastic limit of 73,000 psi has not been exceeded during field tests. Laboratory testing has been implemented using strain gauges to test for stress in the binding and has concluded that material does not yield when a vertical force of 850lbs and 450lbs of horizontal force is applied to the coupling beam. A resulted stress of 45,000 psi has resulted in the beam in shear in vertical loading and 43,000 psi from horizontal loading.


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