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Testing Turbines for Maximum Power

Abstract

The objective: The objective is to compare different styles of wind turbine propellers to see if the style of the propeller effects the amount of energy it produces. My hypothesis was that the style of the turbine does effect the amount of energy produced.

Methods/Materials

Results

I calculated the average volts for each turbine by adding the ten test results and then dividing that sum by ten. Turbine #4, with the four, straight blades that were angled forward from the hub produced the highest voltage at 12.0 volts. Turbine #3, with two-blades slightly bent in the middle of each blade produced 9.8 volts. Turbine #1 with the two, straight blades attached at 80 degree angles produced 8.0 volts. Turbine #2 with the four-blades attached at 80 degree angles produced the lowest voltage at 6.45 volts.

Conclusions/Discussion

My hypothesis was correct. The style of the turbine does effect the amount of energy produced. The use of wind could be our answer for a future energy source. We need to find the best turbine design for maximum power. Wind energy doesn#t pollute and it is renewable, unlike the fossil fuels we use today. If I were to do this experiment again, I would create and test more turbines to further my search for the turbine that produces maximum power.

This project is about comparing four different styles of propellers for a wind turbine to see if one style would produce more volts of electricity than another.

Science Fair Project done By Thomas C. Judge