Wind Turbine Project

Conducted through Glasgow University Engineers Without Borders.

Enables students to make use of their engineering knowledge by designing CAD models and improving their theoretical background in mechanics, electrics and aerodynamics, as well as gaining experience working on a long term project.

This process enables the team to fully understand every single stage involved, from shaving the blades by hand, to casting the alternator.

Ideas for a simple design were developed from Hugh Piggott’s “Wind Turbine Recipe Book” with scope to improve on these. The charity WindAid has since become the main contact to help redesign their existing turbine. CAD files that the design team and WindAid produced are now in prototype stage, with the delivery of the original resin cast prototype stator set to be ready in early April.

I produced CAD files of a simple yaw bearing, tail and unit casing whilst relaying developments to the rest of the design team.

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Primarily, through this I have developed an understanding of the planning and dedication needed to pursue a project from definition and initiation stages.

 

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