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As the electrical engineering group, we strive to both efficiently and effectively charge a battery pack, which would power a robot that places the top of a pyramid on its base. To accomplish this task, we used the power of wind turbines. We created different prototypes using the process of trial and error and, after much testing, discovered the best and most economical blade shape, length, and number. As a result, we figured out the optimum dimensions and produced enough voltage to charge 14-1.2V AA batteries.
MITE Team B
3.0 Methods, Assumptions, and Procedures
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3.0 Methods, Assumptions and, Procedures
4.0 Results and Discussion
4.0 Results and Discussion
We discovered from our testing that wind energy is a sustainable source of energy. We learned to collaborate in a team and we believe that wind energy has a great future. As engineers, our job is to continue finding newer and better ways to improve wind turbines by working in teams with people of diverse backgrounds.
1. Group B split into 5 smaller groups and created different blade shapes.
2. Chose best blade and built from it.
3. Changed specific variables of the blade including blade length, blade width, number of blades, blade angle, and type of cardboard.
4. Used large fan as source of wind power.
5. Used multimeter to measure both the average and the maximum number of millivolts.
6. Continued building prototypes until we found the optimum shape, size, and angle of the blade.
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"It's a Wind-Wind Situation"
Team Mission Statement
"To harness green, affordable, and effective wind energy to supply a sustainable power source for the future."
Average wind turbine creates between 2-3 megawatts of energy.
Can be used 24 hours a day.
Price steadily decreasing
May not affect a large area
Requires large spaces
We discovered the problem after researching wind turbines and all of the different ways to design them.
Variables changed to find the most efficient design: length, width, shape, number of blades, and type of cardboard .
The SI system, International System of Units, was the basic measurement system we used.
While testing the different sizes and amounts of blades, we used a 30 cm ruler.
To measure the voltage that we produced from each turbine, we used a multimeter.
The purpose of this project is to determine if wind energy is a viable source of power.
Group Mission Statement
"To utilize wind energy and produce enough electricity to power the robot so that it can accomplish its task."
Isaiah Higgs, Sebastian Mendez, Dane Miller, Aries Rutledge, Vivian Tian
University of Michigan
Michigan Introduction to Technology and Engineering (MITE) Summer Program
19 July 2013
We found that the most efficient turbine consisted of two blades with dimensions equal to the original prototype. These turbines produced an average of 690 milliVolts. We need approximately two turbines to charge one battery efficiently.
Our findings prove the viability of wind power in general circumstances. Even with limited machinery, materials, and time, we were able to generate enough electricity to charge the 14 batteries needed to power the robot. In a real world situation, wind energy is clearly a legitimate power source.
Wind Turbine Design Efficiency
The scope was limited by our:
Dorm life is monitored by set curfews and schedules (if it's not on the schedule, you can't do it)
We as a group come together and share fun experiences with one another.
Each day consisted of four classes. Professional Development, Engineering Math, Technical Communications, and Engineering Concepts.
U of M Dearborn
We visited the campus and classes of U of M Dearborn
Tour of Campus
We took a tour of the college of engineering
Having Some Fun
Even though we come from different places, we all still know how to have some fun as teenagers!
We thought the amount of time needed to charge the batteries would be shorter than it actually was.
We assumed our best strategy to find the most efficient turbine model was through trial and error.
We assumed that we were charging six batteries, instead of 14.
# of blades Max Volts
Size Max Volts
Angle Max Volts