This wind turbine was designed by 4 Glasgow School of Art students as part of our Product Design Engineering course. The aim of this project was to create a wind turbine that would yield the highest power output when in a wind tunnel. This particular design proved to be the best ever and produced a little over 20 volts when loaded with a sizable resistor.
Step 1: Component Parts
All component parts. Some size-able machinery is required for a project such as this, for example:
Welder, engineering lathe, turret mill, accurate metal cutting saw, drill press, rapid prototyper and more.
Column, 5 aerofoil blades , main shaft, 2 shaft bearings (C3 (loose running), not sealed so grease can be replaced by light oil), 2 shaft locking collars, nose cone, 24 volt rated motor, 2 pulley wheels with a 3.75 : 1 ratio, drive belt, motor mount and various nuts and bolts.