Title

Using Miniature Wind Turbines in the Design of Experiments on Wind Energy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Publication Source

World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education

Volume

9

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

74-79

Publisher

UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education

Place of Publication

Australia

ISBN/ISSN

1446-2257

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Wind turbine, student experiments

Disciplines

Energy Systems | Engineering | Mechanical Engineering | Other Mechanical Engineering