Accession Number : ADA116347

Title :   United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Vertical Axis Wind Turbine.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. May 77-Sep 80,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE ACADEMY CO

Personal Author(s) : Kullgren,Thomas E ; Wiedemeier,Dennis W

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Report Date : Sep 1980

Pagination or Media Count : 78

Abstract : This report describes the design, fabrication, installation and testing of a small variable-speed vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT). This VAWT is unique in its installation using hand tools only; unconventional and simple support system; and variable speed operation under microprocessor control. Initial testing confirmed that the turbine can be controlled by commanded alternator field modulation. Further studies will be directed toward determination of an optimum control algorithm.

Descriptors :   *Wind , *Energy conversion , *Turbines , Fabrication , Installation , Towers , Test methods , Microprocessors , Control systems , Algorithms , Vertical orientation

Subject Categories : Non-electrical Energy Conversion

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE