Wind Turbine Blade Design

Students go through the design process and the scientific method to test the effect of blade design on power output. There is an optional extension to use the data to create an optimal set of wind turbine blades.

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Kidwind Project
Activity takes at least 5 class periods and can be extended. Additional materials required.

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Substantial preparation time required to implement activity.

Educator must be familiar with wind turbine models and should experiment with one before attempting to do this project.

The resource is built around the background materials and kits available for sale at http://www.kidwind.org, however materials can be purchased elsewhere.

Educator needs to provide specific instructions to standardize turbine testing.

Links that are broken:
http://www.windpower.org/en/tour/manu/bladtest.htm and
http://www.awea.org/projects

Instead use http://www.windpower.org/en/] for Danish Wind Association site and [http://www.awea.org/ for American Wind Energy Association site.

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