Small wind turbine development and testing (Mech 498)

The SSDL operates a trailer-mounted wind turbine test rig. The rotor is controlled via a LabView system, and the system can measure high frequency wind speeds, rotors loads, etc. There is a battery pack on the trailer that is charged, and also used to power the measurement system.

This project will implement yaw drive for the turbine, so that it can automatically turn into the local wind. The wind turbine system will them be tested in windy conditions to access performance in unsteady winds and various approaches to controlling the rotor speed to maximize power capture.