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would it be possible to use wooden laminate flooring as blades for a wind turbine? Answered

hi, was thinking of making a wind turbine with some parts i have like a newish car alternator and battery bit of electronics and some spare wooden laminate flooring looks about 15cm wide about 150 cm tall and just under a cm deep, and some stuff for making a frame for it. got a bit of electrical knowlege. cheers.

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gearhead1951 (author)2009-12-02

try it ,, if it works but dont last use what you have learned to make a better one ,  if it dont work you have not wasted any money on it and have learned what NOT to do ! 

Simples !

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ngnear (author)2009-12-01

Some potential problems:

1. Wood flooring is HEAVY! I think there are better choices for the blades.
2. Wood flooring does not like water! Outdoor use would be a problem.
3. Wood flooring is not designed to have good tensile strength, so it might blow apart in a high wind.

Some potential advantages:

1. Wood flooring is usually thick enough that you can "shape" an airfoil (to better catch the wind) using simple hand tools.
2. If it's free, why not try it?
3. The laminate you describe might be mostly plastic with only a wood finish. In that case, the three potential problems might not be problems at all.

In other words...it's worth a try.

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lemonie (author)2009-12-01

If you used wood you might make good blades, but not wood-based composites. (no)


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Re-design (author)2009-12-01

The prop would be a bit crude but you could probably make it work.

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