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7th International CONCEIVE DESIGN IMPLEMENT OPERATE Conference (CDIO2011)

A basic design-build-test experience: model wind turbine using additive manufacture
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Author:Martin Widden <m.widden@lancs.ac.uk> (Lancaster University, UK)
Allan Rennie <a.rennie@lancs.ac.uk> (Lancaster University, UK)
Stephen Quayle <s.quayle@lancs.ac.uk> (Lancaster University, UK)
Kester Gunn <Kester.Gunn@eon.com> (e.on New Build & Technology)
Date: 2011-06-20     Track: Main     Session: 1
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054616
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054617

The paper describes a project for first-year engineering students: to design, build and test a scale-model wind turbine. With the use of an additive-manufacture technique, each pair of students can design the turbine geometry and be confident the model turbine will be accurate. Testing in a wind tunnel measures the performance of the model. Students learn both about design of aerofoil blades and about the advantages and limitations of the additive-manufacture technique.