The purpose of our wind turbine blade design research is to find the most efficient blade shape for power production. Our plan was to first study the size and structure of existing blades, then use the AutoDesk Inventor 3D program to design a suitable blade profile. After 3D printing the desired blade profile it would be tested using the existing wind turbine simulation equipment in the lab. The Inventor software allowed us to model, and repeatedly debug, to ensure that it our mount fit into the hub of the turbine holding the fixed blade. After repeated changes, the printer finally produced three sets of fan blades of different shapes. The wind simulation equipment still must be used be to complete our testing. By adjusting the wind speed and measuring the recorded output power, it will eventually be converted into an experimental model: a certain shape of blade generates higher electrical power.
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Liu, Ruonan and Chretien, Joseph
"The Shape of the Blade with the highest power generation efficiency,"
SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days: Vol. 2020, Article 52.
Available at: https://scholars.fhsu.edu/sacad/vol2020/iss2020/52