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Blade Design: Mass

Figure from experiment 9 from Investigating Wind Energy

Introduction

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.

Objectives

  • 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

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

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 9 from Investigating Wind Energy Lab Book

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

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