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Wind Turbine Project

Wind Turbine Project. David Wills Kavon Khashe Nathan Schellink Troy Reyes. In the first two weeks, we were broken up into groups of 4 to build a mini wind turbine

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Wind Turbine Project

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  1. Wind Turbine Project David Wills Kavon Khashe Nathan Schellink Troy Reyes

  2. In the first two weeks, we were broken up into groups of 4 to build a mini wind turbine After the turbines were built, we had a competition between every group to see who could produce the most energy from their turbine At the end of the competition, two of our own, Nate and Kavon, both in different groups, made it to the final round against each other In the end, Kavon and his group beat Nate’s group Timeline: Week 1-2

  3. In the third week, we chose our groups that we wanted for the rest of the term’s construction We also decided on which design we wanted to do, for which we chose a cylinder design In order to do so, we took apart a bicycle to obtain the circular shape that the tires allowed us to use for the top and bottom of the turbine Timeline: Weeks 3-4

  4. We continued to take each part of the turbine that we needed in order to put together the turbine itself We put together the turbine at home We then started to weld something that would allow us to attach the motor directly onto the top of our wind turbine Timeline: Weeks 5-6

  5. Our original design for the support beam was a long piece of metal that would bend and attach to the engine The amount of metal we needed, however, was way to long to be cut quick enough with the metal cutter, so after cutting about 3 feet in 3 days, we decided to switch to 2x4 support beams During this time, we started soldering all of the different components to the circuit board so that the charge controller would actually know what to do with the energy it receives Timeline: Weeks 7-8

  6. Timeline: Week 9 • Finished up the support beams, soldered, and finished the base of the turbine • Unfortunately, this last week was the week we realized that the circuit boards we were using did not work with the programming we assigned to it • Because of this, we could not completely accomplish what we had originally set out to finish

  7. Field Trip • At around week 8 or so, we went on a field trip to visit California ISO and Sacramento City College to learn more about wind energy • At California ISO, they took us into the “fishbowl” room, and they told us everything that they did at the facility • At Sacramento City College, we went on a tour of some things they were working on, such as a formula car and a baja bug. They also let us see their welding room.

  8. P=.5(A)(D)(V3) P=Power (in watts) A=Area Swept (in square meters) D=Air Density (in kilograms per cubic meter): Approximately 1.275 kg/m3 V=Velocity of Wind (in meters per second) Power in the Wind

  9. Blades- the blades capture the wind and are what allows the turbine to spin Base- holds up the entire turbine and allows a source to place the support beam Support 2x4 beam- holds the entire turbine in place to avoid resistance and maximize energy Motor- connects to power source (or charge controller) to actually make the energy Description of Turbine

  10. Diode Bridge (rectifier)- converts alternating current (AC) power into the more commonly used direct current (DC) power Primary Load- the object that is being directly powered (radio, lava lamp, etc.) Secondary Load- the storage place for all of the energy that is not being used by the primary load Description (continued)

  11. The Charge Controller • Charge Controller- a sort of traffic cop that essentially tells all of the electricity where to go -The purpose is to control two relays that protect the battery and charging circuits. -The first relay switches the charge supply to an alternate load when the battery is fully charged to prevent overcharging. -The second relay disconnects the load from the battery to prevent 100% exhaustion of the battery.

  12. David’s Highlights • David’s favorite experience of the wind turbine construction was putting everything together and watching it all come together like we hoped it would.

  13. Kavon’s Highlights • Kavon’s favorite part of the wind turbine construction process was the overall building and construction of the turbine, as he has been looking into this sort of thing on his own.

  14. Nathan’s Highlights • Nathan’s favorite experience of the wind turbine construction was learning the proper way to solder, which he enjoyed very much.

  15. Troy’s Highlights • Troy’s favorite part of the wind turbine construction process was learning how to use many different power tools.

  16. THE END!!!

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