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Blade Design: Material

Introduction

People have been using energy from the wind to do work for a long time. Evidence has been found showing that windmills were used to pump water and grind grain more than 2,000 years ago. The blades at that time were made out of wood or fabric stretched over a wooden frame.

Over time, advances in technology have resulted in changes in the material used to make blades. In the 1890’s, more efficient steel blades replaced wooden blades. Today, blade technology continues to improve. Blades are now often constructed out of complex materials such as glass-reinforced plastic and carbon fiber.

In this experiment, you will make blades out of different materials. You will discover which of the blades materials makes the most efficient blade.

Objectives

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

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Investigating Wind Energy

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Introduction to Wind Turbines
2Exploring Wind Energy
3Introduction to the Vernier Energy Sensor
4Wind Turbine Output: The Effect of Load
5Exploring Wind Turbine Blades
6Blade Design: Pitch
7Blade Design: Area
8Blade Design: Quantity
9Blade Design: Mass
10Blade Design: Material
11Project: Power Up!

Experiment 10 from Investigating Wind Energy Lab Book

<i>Investigating Wind Energy</i> book cover

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