Urban wind turbine characterization system

Sutcliffe, John William (2013) Urban wind turbine characterization system. [USQ Project]


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With the inclusion of a 3D printer at the University of Southern Queensland, it has presented a new research path for the prototyping of intricate detailed models. One path that was created was that of urban wind turbines. These wind energy converters have been operating in the society for many years and from doing so a vast amount of variations have been created. Through a theoretical prediction of renewable energy in future exponentially increasing, this project was developed to allow for new experimental turbine models to go from an idea to a reality. This statement forms the basis of the project as it leads to the need of a characterization system that has the ability to create new wind turbine models that can meet the requirements of a specific environment.

The objective of this project is to construct a characterization that will have the ability to allow for:
*Fast prototyping of new ideas
*Incorporates natural shapes
*Test normal, turbulent and over speed characteristics
*Modify and optimize for efficiency, low noise pollution and better aesthetic appearance.

Along with these objectives, the project aims to allow other design engineers the ability to use this system. This may involve using the wind turbine characterization system as a whole or portioning the research gain in a specific area to help others with their projects. The whole characterization system can be separated into three methodology parts, design, build and test.

The first is the 3D modeling of the turbines whether taken from a 3D scanner or created in modeling software. Secondly is the constructing phase and consists of implementing a 3D printer to form the models for accuracies and alternations reasons. Lastly, the test phase involves using a controllable wind source, USQ wind tunnel or fan and a programmable device for data acquisition and load adjustment to acquire the response characteristics of a wind turbine model.

With these three phases fully analyzed and researched, the system allows for fast prototyping of wind turbine new ideas. Through the development of two separate models the overall system was developed to satisfy the main objective of this project, give students at the university level the ability to prototype wind turbines in a fast and professional manner.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Bowtell, Les
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2014 09:00
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2014 23:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban; wind turbine; characterization; 3d printer
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091305 Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4017 Mechanical engineering > 401703 Energy generation, conversion and storage (excl. chemical and electrical)
40 ENGINEERING > 4017 Mechanical engineering > 401799 Mechanical engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850509 Wind Energy
URI: https://sear.unisq.edu.au/id/eprint/24653

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