Using Miniature Wind Turbines in the Design of Experiments on Wind Energy
World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education
UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education
Place of Publication
Miniature wind turbines were designed, built, analysed and tested as part of mini projects that are embedded in a fluid mechanics laboratory course at the Junior level. These turbines were used by engineering students in experiments that investigated the influence of many variables that affect the power produced by a wind turbine. The experiments so created were hands-on applications in which students experienced the integrated use of a variety of theoretical concepts learned in previous courses, such as Thermodynamics, Dynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Kinematics, Material Science, Strength of Materials, Electrical Circuits and Electrical Machines. Dozens of undergraduate students have participated in these projects and, in the process, demonstrated that miniature wind turbines can be constructed, tested and analysed at modest expense.
Wind turbine, student experiments
Energy Systems | Engineering | Mechanical Engineering | Other Mechanical Engineering
Jouse' Njock Libii (2011).
Using Miniature Wind Turbines in the Design of Experiments on Wind Energy. World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education.9 (2), 74-79. Australia: UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education.