Research Publication Title

Testing the Feasibility of a Bladeless Wind Turbine Design

Major

Physics

Faculty Mentor(s)

Hauke C. Busch

Abstract

The design of a bladeless wind turbine offers potential improvements such as cost savings, reduction of operating noise level, simplification of the manufacturing process, reduction of maintenance costs, and incorporation of eco-friendly features. In order to analyze various turbine designs, a wind tunnel with a 30.3cm x 30.3cm test section was constructed at Georgia College, in which several different wing sections are being evaluated to determine the turbine design and engineered for optimal aerodynamic efficiency over a range of Reynolds numbers. Other factors like pressure coefficients, overall drag profile and power generation of the designs will also be analyzed as well.

Start Date

10-4-2015 12:15 PM

End Date

10-4-2015 1:00 PM

Location

HSB 3rd Floor Student Commons

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Testing the Feasibility of a Bladeless Wind Turbine Design

HSB 3rd Floor Student Commons

The design of a bladeless wind turbine offers potential improvements such as cost savings, reduction of operating noise level, simplification of the manufacturing process, reduction of maintenance costs, and incorporation of eco-friendly features. In order to analyze various turbine designs, a wind tunnel with a 30.3cm x 30.3cm test section was constructed at Georgia College, in which several different wing sections are being evaluated to determine the turbine design and engineered for optimal aerodynamic efficiency over a range of Reynolds numbers. Other factors like pressure coefficients, overall drag profile and power generation of the designs will also be analyzed as well.