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Blade Design: Mass

Experiment #9 from Investigating Wind Energy

Education Level
Elementary School


What would happen if you added more mass to your wind turbine blades? Would they generate more power or less?

In this experiment, you will explore the design variable “mass.” You will explore the effect mass has on power output.


  • Measure wind turbine power output with a Vernier Energy Sensor.
  • Explore how blade mass affects the power output of a wind turbine.

Sensors and Equipment

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