U of U MEEN 4000 - Development of Turbine Blade Strengths Test-Bed (40 pages)

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Meen 4000 - Engineering Design I

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ME4000 2006 2007 W E R P Phase III Development of Turbine Blade Strengths Test Bed Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Utah Salt Lake City UT 84112 9208 Nick Shingleton Mike Beeman Douglas Aguirre ME 4000 Final Report Section Front Matter 1 14 2019 WERP Phase III Test bed Development Section 1 Front Matter Executive Summary Alternative energy sources have become a necessary part of environmental conservation Wind 1 1 powered generators have a vital role in green energy as a method of harnessing the earth s natural resources Wind is an attractive renewable energy source in that environmental impact is minimal and wind is an inexhaustible energy source The 2006 Wind Energy Research Program WERP is dedicated to improving wind turbine airfoil design and will continue the research and development of the previous year s blade manufacturing technique The team will focus on completing and testing airfoils designed by last year s team This will also include validating the BladeSim airfoil simulation software developed by last year s team Research into composite material strength testing load modeling and various other aspects of the production of carbon fiber blades will be conducted An innovative bladder molded technique will be utilized to create the structural skin design of the airfoils To minimize costs the 2005 WERP team created foam molds to produce the tools for manufacturing blades A Bend Twist coupling was also incorporated into the design to achieve a passive blade speed control system The additive affect of these unconventional processes can lead to defects and inefficiencies in the blades The objective of this project will be to validate the use of this low cost manufacturing technique and blade design Three full scale blades will be built and strength tested using the University of Utah composites lab Upon completion of the airfoil a test bed platform for statically applying bending and torsion loads is required The blades also require dynamic



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