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Wind Turbine

Wind Turbine

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Published by Raheel Ahmad

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Published by: Raheel Ahmad on Dec 26, 2009
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Number of blades

Increasing the number
of blades tends to
increase the
aerodynamic efficiency
Increasing the number
of blades increases the
cost (material and
manufacturing
Turbines with fewer
blades
tend to run most
efficiently
at lower tip speed ratios
(ratio of tip speed to
wind speed)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_turbine_design

Blade Composition

Wood

-Strong, light
weight, cheap,
abundant,
flexible
-Popular on
do-it yourself
turbines

Blade Composition

• Steel

– Heavy & expensive

• Aluminum

– Lighter-weight and
easy to work with
– Expensive
– Subject to metal
fatigue

Metal

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