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Cardboard Savonius Wind Turbine
Goal: build a Savonius wind turbine made out of cardboard to see whatworks. This is for the turbine only and not the generator itself. The main photo you see is the goal.The need for a working model grew out of frustration trying to jury-rig various designs of a Savonius turbine that in the end wouldnot turn at all in the wind.
Some Initial Botched Designs
Shown below are several botched designs. All four are attached to the drive shaft of a 24-volt DC battery-operated lawn mower. The vertical bar you see is an allthreadbar that is attached to the motor shaft. The galvanized metal is half of a dryer vent tube. The first design would turn half way and then stop because of the resistance ofthe back side of it coming into the wind. I then added a top disk and attached a number of 2-liter soda bottles and some 1-gallon milk jugs to a disk on top. With a stongwind I actually got the mill to spin if I gave it a start. It has to be the ugliest windmill ever.The second design is all cardboard and looked really sharp. it didn't budge an inch in a very strong wind.In the third one I added parts of the dryer vent tube to the cardboard mill and that worked a little bit but there was resistance on the back side coming into the wind.At this point, I decided that I had to go back to the drawing board with a simple model to see what had a chance of working.
1. This is the Savonius windmill that will be built here. it works!
1. The concave side is supposed to catch the wind.2. The convex side is supposed to shed the wind. It was just presenting too muchof a broadside and the wind would stop it.3. This is working end of a Ryobi 24-volt DC lawn mower motor. On the mower itpoints down and the blade is attached to it.4. These are the negative and positive leads that would normally attach to thebattery. Hand-spinning the windmill would generate at least 1 volt. Never reallytested with a windmill that actually turned in the wind.