Project: To build a simple model generator to help me get my head round the idea of electricity generation.
Note: THIS WAS NEVER BUILT TO PRODUCE USABLE POWER. BUT DEMONSTRATE HOW POWER IS PRODUCED.
Not so much of a how to but more a demonstration of materials that may give others ideas for their own projects.
This little model is made from
Tesco's best plastic chopping boards, it is very easy to cut drill and you can use self tapping screws The plastic has good self lubricating properties and allows axles to run smoothly with out the need for lubrication or bearings. Its one downside is that it has to be screwed together as noting seams to stick this stuff.
6mm and 8mm Aluminum rod from B&Q about £4 a per 1mtr length
coils from scavenged microwave oven fans. These where used because I happened to have them at the time and this saved me from winding my own coils.
self tapping screw nuts bolts etc.
Fun little project that is simple enough to build the plastic is easy to work and allows this to progress rapidly.
Note. the plastic shavings get everywhere so be warned best to hover up as you go along.
Thanks for looking.