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I searched the engine for turbines and ventilators, cos in summer it's kinda hot here. And today my room-mate used a tool-box to keep the kitchen's door open, so that we possibly get sum air/wind coming through the kitchen's window and the corridor to cool the rooms of each one of us, but i guess i need an idea of a ventilator. Say, not a usual one like my ceiling ventilator that hardly compensates my comps' heat, but a kinda turbine that i can build and hook onto our kitchen's window. If i had more of them, i probably could stream the wind systematically through all rooms. (what i think about is a litle bit like water-pumps); air in these times is not moving, but you need air's movement to cool, so i have to get the air moving and a "kit" that you can build, eventually amplify to get a "bigger one" of the ventilators (for the main stream from the kitchen). I wanna stream my flat with air ! My room.mate went in a min ago and he said, i should try it in my room - sure, but i got my ceiling ventilator and that one sucks the air from abnove to push it downwards, but i keeps stayin the same air, cos it dun move it from outside the house to inside and out again. Umm, sry, i've drunk a lil bit and it was really a weird day today, so sorry, if it sounds weird. I just wanna get rid of the heat in here and wanna do my part as crafter against the condition as it is. So, if you got any idea, would be great...

Topic by Luziviech  

Wind Turbines

Im designing a wind turbine and all i've come up with is a PVC tee with some pipe on each end. HELP PLZ!!!

Topic by ry25920    |  last reply

how to make turbines?

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Tesla Turbine Bike

I was curious if anyone has created an air compressed tesla turbine bike. Using a 4500 , maybe even 2 4500 carbon fiber tanks. Something along the lines of this instructable Just curious if anyone has tried this, sort of thing and if it was plausible, and how long the tanks would last or if there was some other design such as directly hooking up to the gears.

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A different kind of Turbine

Check out this new design for a wind turbine.

Topic by Yeasayer    |  last reply

Turbine Jet engine...? Answered

If the intake turbines' speed is regulated by the compressed exhaust over the rear turbines, would it be more effecent to have 2 props in a row, or a single large one at the rear of the engine to control the rotation speed?

Question by shawneegeek    |  last reply

wind turbine speed?

i have herd that the minimum amount of wind required to power a (homemade) wind turbine is 10 m.p.h. is that true? and whats the maximum wind speed?

Topic by Sun Gear    |  last reply

Wind turbine questions.

I am asking these questions on behalf of another member who has English as a second language. He is building a vertical axis wind turbine (savonius style, I think).  The mechanicals don't worry him, it's the generator and the windings. He wants to arrange six coils and six magnets.  The magnets are going to rotate with the turbine.  He has made the coils himself - each is wound clockwise, with 100 turns of wire. He assumes (and I agree) that the magnets should be separated by 60° of the circle, alternating which pole faces the coils (S-N-S-N-S-N) and the coils should also be separated by 60°. He would like to produce 12V DC, to be fed into a battery. What is the best, or most appropriate way to connect everything to achieve his goal? Links to sites that he can examine (and/or translate) at leisure would be nice.  Or sites in Turkish. (I suspect that Picoturbine documentation would help, but it's in long English.  Still, I've added it to the topic in case it is of help.)

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Wind turbine placement?

I live in a rural area and we have two blue Harvestor grain silos. One has a 25 foot diameter and is 90 feet tall and the other is 4 feet from it with a 20 foot diameter and is 70 feet tall. I was wondering if it would be possible to mount a wind turbine on top of the taller one. I don't know much about turbulence though, if there would be too much? Or how high it would have to be off to clear the turbulence? This is my first try at it, I was going to try a treadmill motor, something small

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Wind Turbine help?? Answered

Okay, so I'm making a small Wind Turbine to charge a couple of Rechargeable AAA batteries. But my problem is that the motor I'm using only generates voltage when moving clockwise and one of the fin designs I'm using spins it counterclockwise... So I tried a VAWT designs and it spins it clockwise but not very fast... I'll post pictures so you can see the designs. Thanks!!

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what is tesla turbine???

Is it related with magnetic field?

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tesla turbine question.? Answered

I was wondering, if i make a tesla turbine with big a** blades, then completely enclosed them, and finally covered the enclosure with heat sinking fins would i be able to develop a heat differential between the center and the outer? and could i make it colder/hotter by allowing the air to turn in on itself at the bottom? how much could i expect, a few degrees in Fahrenheit? or could this possibly get down to -120 degrees Celsius?

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turbines and free energy

I seriously need to know this question is it just more or does anyone else realize that you can get pure free energy using simple turbines and 2 other sources of energy in sequence if anyone can answer it ill say if they are right or wrong and if no one says the right answer ill just say it loud and clear so people can start saving the bundles of money that the power companies like to drain from us

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Dinosaur wind turbine

I am in Kenya and being of a technical persuasion have been asked to fix this geriatric wind turbine. It is an electromagnet (as apposed to permanent magnet) based generator that my friend bought from the Italian scouts. I cannot for the life of me get anything more than about 3V from it. Has anyone ever seen anything like this before and if so have any idea where on earth I might be able to find out a little more about who made it or how I might be able to fix it. I have tried everything I can and still no cigars. Any help much appreciated. I am here setting up this organisation if anyone is interested access(hyphen)wind(dot)com

Topic by accesswind  

Make my own turbine or....?

I'm going to be building a charging station for my laptop, cellphone, ipods. I got the idea from the S.P.R.E.E. article but I want to incorporate a wind turbine into the system. I'm struggling to find a turbine that's small enough, or even a permanent magnet DC motor. Am I missing something or would I have to make my own DC generator? Thanks in advance!

Topic by egoods    |  last reply

Wind turbine to charge batteries

I have a solar electric system with a battery back up for power outages.(it is also grid tie) I would like to add a wind turbine to charge the batteries in extended outages with no sun and hopefully wind ( we normally have low wind but storm outages have lots of wind). The batteries are 12 volt connected in series to produce 48 volt. Can I, should I, get a 48 volt turbine and connect direct to the batteries or some other voltage and go through the inverter like the solar panels do and if so how and what voltage turbine?.. Chris

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diagram/information for wind turbine

Can any one point me in the right direction please. i'm building a mini wind turbine but i'm not sure what do do with the electronics side of things. for example: 1, how to charge a battery - (when i connect the battery it powers the motor! i dont want this,) 2, how to prevent over charging thanks zac

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Tesla turbines as viable generators?

Anyone have any thoughts about Tesla turbines, potentially as something steam based to plug into an alternator? The internet seems to be of the opinion that they're either fantastic or crap. I'm thinking of this as an easier and cheaper option than a steam piston or Stirling system for my solar energy thing.

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ceiling fan wind turbine

I am in the middle of building a ceiling fan generator/wind turbine.  I know that the electric current produced is AC (I think it's 3 has 3 wires coming out of the fan). I do not know electricity that well, and am learning as I go... I would like to use the wind turbine to drive a small garden water fountain pump that is 120 volts.  What do I need electrically to complete building this wind turbine? Does anybody have any suggestions on resources on how to connect such a device electrically?  (Do i need a diode, rectifier, ???)  Does the voltage produced by spinning the generator have to equal the volts required by the device ( small water pump)?  Thank you for any and all help as I'm trying to learn and hopefully complete this wind turbine by summer.

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Axial Flux Wind Turbine

24 pole, 3 phase alternator. 18 coils of #20 wire 80 turns each, 6 coils in each phase connected in series, then wired 3 phases in star config. Put out lethal voltages at a very low rpm. Using N45 2" x 1" x 1/2" Neo Mags, two discs of 24 each attracting each other through coils. I need to know what the number of turns would be for #13 wire, same configuration for charging batteries.

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AC Motor to Wind turbine? Answered

Ok Yes I know that It has to be DC for it to work as a generator. But I found a fan from Dads greenhouse and its rather larged, used for air circulation. Is there any AC to DC fix? Any rewiring or turning the coil around? Any help or suggestions would be of great help.

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Wiring Multiple Turbines and PVs

Just a little worried... how do ya'll go about wiring multiple power sources together? I have been long under the assumption that your solar array will only put out power of the weakest panel. If I come across 3 different 12v panels, that have differing amperages, and have a wind turbine on a 12v car alternator, that ranges in power output, how can I wire these to make these most effective? Is there a charge controller out there that can manage multiple power sources? Pardon me if this is stupid. I just cant seem to get off the ground with these simple questions. i guess the most effective q to ask is: What do you do to wire multiple power devices of different outputs into a single battery bank/ grid tie system? Thanks so much for all yall's brilliant help. -Luke.

Topic by ineclipse    |  last reply

Turbine generator with heat pump

I got another weird idea that I like to share as I don't see me putting into reality anytime soon but someone else might do it for me after reading it ;) If you like me and call home where it is far too hot for most of the year you might have wondered how to cut the energy bills down. Especially if you in a remote area "off the grid". Sounds interesting? Then just do me the favour of posting here if you plan to put into reality and keep us updated ;) Technology has come long way and with some mirror like Mylar foil anyone can build big reflectors to use the sun for heating all sorts of things. Modern solar hot water systems are designed to produce a temp high enough to kill all harmfull stuff that might otherwise grow in our system but we can one step further: (Keep in mind it is just an idea with no prototype to proofe the concept works as expected!) Using heat pipes in a round reflector that is linked to solar tracker would allow us to boil water for as long as the sun is out there. Don't know if the flat types used for hot water systems are capable of producing steam but someone might have an old one at hand and is willing to test it on a sunny day? Anyway, assuming we can build a large enough array of solar ovens heating water pipes it is possible to drive a turbine with the steam. A linked generator of suitable size would now provide the electricity we might need to charge batteries or to power other things. But of course this would be total waste of the remaining energy in the steam! Plus we could really need some airconditioner, don't we? So in my vision we don't want to waste the water either, which mean we not only use the heat but also reuse the water to go back into the solar oven. If we now use an uscaled version of our RV fridge and instead of a heating element or a flame our remaining heat from the steam we can power a big fridge and an airconditioner on the same continous-cycle-ammonia-fridge type to cool what we need. Depending on the size and insulation rating of a house it is possible to be totally independent from the power grid during the sunny times. During the winter times the same generator can be combined with a ducted heating system where the waste heat of it is used to produce the steam we need. Of course integrating this into one unit would be the prefered option to keep the physical dimensions small. Combine all this with some good sized battery backup and inverter system and you might have enough juice to spare to make it through a cloudy day or two. Add some wind generators if you are in a suitable area to provide additional electricty. I think with new parts and some handy work it should be possible to create such a system for under $3000US. With access to some well sorted scrap yards even for free, not counting consumables, selants and so on... Sadly I don't own a house and currently not even have a garage to set up a little workshop so for now it stays an idea only... Tried to find some sponsors or at least people with interest to create something like this down here but it is like trying to explain quantum physics to a hundred year old in the retirement village. Sure, you can build something that would give me electricity and cooling for free? ... Of course it will work, so come back and show me once you made it.... If that crap could work, why are still buying fridges that run on electricty and airconditioners that drain our bank accounts?... We have 5 cooling containers outside runningon generators that use over 200liters of fuel every day and come try to tell me a steam generator can cut me fuel bills down by at least 50% if not more?... Just some of the more friendlier responses I got after trying to find some interest. Don't know if it is problem of the Aussie mentality or if I am just unable to make someone understand that we can use the scorching sun for free :( But I am not willing to give up on the idea itself, so what do you think? Oh! You have the financial means and access to create some prototype to integrate into a new cool house or  self sustaining home? Please feel free to contact me so we can start and make a living out of it ;)

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how to make a small turbine?

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Wind turbine! Gear motor?

I'm thinking of making a VAWT and saw a 115v Bodine gearmotor for $30. Been looking all over for the popular Ameteks. Are gear motors feasible?

Question by fifh89  

Apartment Wind Turbine ideas

Hey all. I would like to gather opinions on 2 small wind turbines I'm thinking of constructing. Difficulty: I live in a third floor apartment (it's also the top floor). My first idea was to modify an old box fan and mount it outside my window. Then I walked into my bathroom, which has a noisy exhaust fan in it. I accidentally turned it on and realized that I could build a collapsable darrieus turbine that would fit up the exhaust vent, expand when outside, and hook that up to the exhaust fan motor already in the vent. Does this sound feasable? My goal is to see if I could charge a cell phone from the power generated by one of these two options. apologies for the quick-n-dirty sketch below.

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Question on wind turbine design

Are the poles on the top face of your magnets or at the ends? The former arrangement exists in circular disc magnets and the small bar mags used in brushless motors. You may find that you can get more coils in your motor by winding multiple winds around a piece of stiff plastic. Similarly with disc magnets, alternating N/S with a smaller gap between them you may have more magnets and more coils. Also in many hobby brushless motors, the gap between mags and coils is small, 1-2mm. Do you have the mag coil arrangement on both the top and bottom? I am assuming that you have centering bearings top and bottom, but do you have thrust bearings? These are cheap and are simply balls in a nylon ring at the cheapest end of the market. You would have to sandwich these between big washers or metal plate. I think if all of this was done, the efficiency and output would increase. Dave


Tin Can Turbine Engine

Hello!               Let me give you some insight into this project (Tin Can Turbine). I'm going to school to get an Airframe and Power Plant Cert. (Aircraft Mechanic). I stumbled across this idea on YouTube one day in class and it really got my gears turning. It's purely for fun, and I'm not even sure if I have the technical skills to get it to work.             First of all the way a turbine engine works in layman's terms is Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow. The fan section sucks air in from the atmosphere, Where it is moved to a compressor section which squeezes the air into a tighter pocket of air; which makes the air hotter and more explosive. When the compressed air is pushed into the combustion chamber, it is more volatile than normal air due to the compression. When you add a fuel (jet fuel, gasoline, propane, kerosene etc...) it will ignite with the compressed air (given that there is a spark to get the fuel vapors to ignite). When the fuel/air mixture is lit the fire will continue to burn without an ignition source due to the explosive nature of the compressed air. And the gas (burnt fuel/air) is pushed out the exhaust. There are blades in the rear of the engine called turbine blades, which are connected to the front of the fan/compressor section, in some cases there are two or three turbine blades, which drive the fan, compressor sections independently. Due to the turbine blades being pushed by the exiting gasses, the engine becomes self sustaining. And through black magic, you have a jet engine!!!              I'm going to attempt to construct a jet engine (not a motor!) out of a "tin can". I'm really not going to use a tin can, I'm actually going to use .032" thick 3" wide, and about 6" long exhaust piping made out galvanized steel. It's a lot thicker than a typical soup can, thus willing to stand up to more heat. My proposed fuel source will be propane, because it's cheap, and the I'm sure that I'm capable of controling the amount of fuel going into the engine. I'm not sure yet how many fan blades vs. turbine blades that I'm going to use. Right now I'm in the experiment phase. My blades are going to be made out steel can tops, because there is very little cutting involved, beside the actual cutting and angling the blades. and they fit perfectly into the pipe. As for the fuel delivery i'm going to use a copper pipe that is approx .042 thick and hallow. I'm going to cap the end, and wrap it around the inside of can. There will be eight holes drilled into the copper, which should give it plenty of fuel at equal pressure all the way around the can, equals same heat all around.         As for the drive shaft, I'm not exactly sure of what to use for that. I may want to go with something hardened already, so the heat surrounding it won't melt it. (that's the hope anyways) . I'm also not sure of what sort of bearings I will use. I was thinking skate board bearing with the plastic crap around the middle taken out (so it doesn't melt and seize the bearings) and extreme high temp. white lithium grease for lube.          This is an experiment and I guarantee myself absolutely no success. But I think it will be fun to try. Questions or comments are more than welcome. Please, if you see any problems with the design, let me KNOW!!!

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torque between car alternator and permanent magnet alernator?

Does car alternator and permanent magnet alternator exhibits the same amount of torque during its respective charging state?

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A cheap gas turbine jet engine.

Where can I find a cheap priced rc or small gas turbine jet engine?

Topic by koolsk8ter111    |  last reply

Building a Wind Turbine for the first time

     I'm building a wind turbine for the first time and I want to share my progress and chat with people that have done the same type  of thing.       I'm a member of many different forums online and I value the information I pick up from them a great deal.  (OK here comes the question) I've been looking for an online community of people that share this interest (residential wind power) but I'm not finding any large groups,  or a central hub of knowledge. My question is ,  Does any one know of a large high traffic wind turbine forum ? My Googlefu seems to be weak in this area :(

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Wind Turbine from a cordless drill?

Hi guys i have come across an old 18volt drill. i connected it to some small pvc blades about 12 inches long in the hope of generating some small amount of power. Pointed it into a reasonably stiff breeze but the blades wont turn due to the gears of the drill. Anyone out there got any ideas on how to make this work.  is there any way to free the gears so it turns easier or any advice on what size blades would be required to turn the motor. Any suggestions would be appreciated. sam301

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Jet engine turbines - how they work?

Hi, I know how jet engines work except for one aspect and for the purpose of this question I'll use for the discussion so we're all picturing the same thing and because the illustration shows the engine quite simply. By looking at the picture, I understand that turbojet can't start itself, it needs 'spinning up' before it is ignited at which point it should sustain itself spinning and then provide thrust. I understand that because the turbine is spinning, the compressors at the front compress air into the combustion chamber, where fuel is injected and then ignited causing expansion, driving the rear turbines to drive the front compressor, and also providing thrust. What I don't understand is why the expansion in the combustion chamber isn't equally providing thrust in both forward and backward directions, and why it isn't acting on the compressors and causing them to be turbines just like at the rear of the engine.  What directs the expansion towards the back of the engine? and what stops half (or at least a large fraction) of it pushing back towards the front of the engine? I know rockets have an expansion but it's usually a tube with one end closed so all of the expansion is forced out of one end, but both ends are open on a jet engine? The question arose when I was looking at tin can turbines;=related and I was thinking how I would build a small one myself but I couldn't visualise why the combustion isn't pressing against both the front and rear propeller cancelling any rotation out, and providing equal thrust in both directions? Thanks for your time!

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Verticle Axis Wind Turbine Materials?

I've been working on a vertical axis wind turbine that uses uses 3 identical helical blades positioned around a central vertical axis. For small working models I've been using 16 gauge wire and cardstock. I'm looking to build one with 6-8 foot blades. The trouble is finding an ideal material for this. It needs to be lightweight, cheap, flexible, "malleable" (it needs to be able to be bent into a helix but then retain the shape), and come in a 4'x8' sheet. PVC/CPVC is super expensive, as is polycarbonate, and aluminum. Any suggestions? 

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powering turbine generator using a fan

Using a fan; can you get more output to power a turbine generator; using a large cog (like a star on a bicycle wheel).To power a bike you have a large star in the front and a small one in the rear which generates more power. So can you do this to power a turbine generator using a fan?   

Question by mannymanster    |  last reply

LED light from wind turbine

We are playing around with various basic LED lighting from a small wind turbine and have a couple different ideas about how to build.  But we are wondering what the voltage range LED lighting can handle?  Even a small turbine can create a wide range of wattage based on the speed of the wind, at what point are we going to be doing damage to our lighting?  Do we need to come up with some sort of wattage dampener/regulator between the generator and the lights?  Simplicity is key in our design.

Topic by Two Paddles Design    |  last reply

Test meter for wind turbine output

Is there an inexpensive meter I can hook up to my 300W 12VDC wind turbine ?I want to see the output power in watts increase as it spins faster. I know it needs a load to test that.I know I can use 1 or more 12v bulbs to see them get brights. But I'd like to see the output in watts.Thanks

Question by maxrep99    |  last reply

12V DC Motor Wind Turbine

Hi im trying to build a wind turbine.The purpose of the wind turbine is to determine the maximum amount of power it can produce with different loads. It needs to produce at least two watts of power during testing, I tried using a potentiometer but it started smoking. I need to record voltage, current and power. I needed to know how to set this up, and if I can use resistors instead of a potentiometer. I have power supplydmmresistorsblade12V DCWires

Question by hj212121    |  last reply

Maintaining a stable voltage on a wind turbine?

Every couple weeks a new instructable comes up on some green energy thing or another, but one I am really interested in is wind.  The problem I see is that with wind ranges from 5 - 25 mph, the voltage change is extremely problematic.  When I see people putting permanent magnets on alternators for use with wind, it seems ridiculous.  Even if you are using an inefficient battery-storage off-grid system, you still need to maintain 12-15 volts to charge your battery, and an alternator is made to do that by varying the magnetic power.  Now I understand the extremes of a alternator's voltage regulator are likely fairly narrow, but still quite useful in generating wind energy.  What I am looking at is 3-5kw of grid-tied power.  This is great and all, and possible in for me, but I don't see how I could maintain a stable enough input for it to work.  Most inverters are for solar power and aren't grid tied. The next most common are grid tied solar which take 12v DC and scale it to 115 ac across three phases.  Finding a grid-tie 5kw 3 phase in and out ac grid tie inverter is extremely hard, but not impossible.  The only thing that is impossible is finding one that can handle highly unstable voltages.  So the options I am left with are using a variable transformer to bring the wind power down to 12v and then rectifying it, then pumping it through an inverter which leaves me with 70 - 80 % of the original power.  My other option is to, like a car alternator vary the rotor voltage to maintain the desired end voltage.  The one problem I see with this is that there is a large amount of potential energy not tapped.  For example lets use 1 as the relative output as well as the input to generate a magnetic field.  If the speed is 1 then both in and out are 1.  If the speed is 2 then the in will be .5 now the out should stay at 1.  But if the in had remained at 1, then the out would be 2 so essentially you are losing half of your potential energy.  This isn't a problem in cars because they aren't tapping the maximum power possible. All the time, they don't need it.  This is a problem with wind turbines, so is there a way around this?  What wold you recommend to do for grid-tied wind power.

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Has anyone actually tried to power tesla turbine with for example water? differences ?

Has anyone actually tried to power tesla turbine with for example water? what are the differences ?

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I wish to make vertical wind turbine for 6kW generator, any suggestions about wings for it ?

We are trying to make wind turbine, to pace it on the roof, could be few of them, but reasonably big, if you know what i mean. Thanks

Question by azdanovica    |  last reply

Can you use an intermittent bursts of air to control the output RPM of a Tesla Turbine?

I've seen plenty of these projects using a constant stream of air to turn the turbine. Surely with the combination of rotational inertia and an intermittent jet of air a constant rotational force could be sustained whilst conserving the compressed air available?

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3 phase bldc motors as a turbine. i am quite confused on how to determine which leads to us or how to configure them.

Ive got some electrical backround but dc seems to be where i get lost.  these motors i have were used in some sort of factory.  the motor has three leads and a ground. any help would be greatly appreciated

Question by jeffbaker81187    |  last reply

tesla tubine to power variable firing rate minigun

The tesla CD turbine instructable if that could be made inside a steel cylinder and with sheet steel discs in place of the CDs could it not be used (with high pressure air) to coax a hyper rate of fire from a minigun maybe using a gas cylinder from a paintball gun (thickened to with stand about 300 psi) 

Topic by Nicholai    |  last reply

what electric motor has the least amount of drag and can be used to generate 15 watts at 200 rpm @ 12volt? Answered

I am building a mini wind turbine and im sourcing a generator (not a diy one) that produces 15 watts at 12 volts @ 200 rpm? any ideas?

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