Saturday, December 1, 2012

Notes - Chapter 16 Summary

The following notes are taken from Wind Turbine Technology by Ahmad Hemami.
  • Turbine must operate in a safe state
    • clean dirt, oil and leftovers of any kind
    • account for effects in temperature
      • first components affected are gearbox and lubrication oil
    • Account for formation of ice on the blades
      • brings up hazards when the ice melts and flies off blades
      • greater during startup or shutdown
  • Subject to getting struck by lightning
    • can cause severe structural damage
    • equipped with lightning rod from tip to root
    • embed in blade structure from tip to root, connect to hub and nacelle and down tower
  • Wind turbines have the potential to be used in urban areas
    • not propeller turbines, vertical axis ones more likely
    • safe, quiet, and non obstructive, likely on the top of buildings
    • economically viable and worth endeavor

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