Wind Turbine Blade
Hello, i am a energy commerce major at texas tech university. I do not pretend to know the all the engineering thats goes into commercial windmills, but i had an idea for home windmills. I understand that commercial windmill blades are made out of carbon fiber because of its strength and light weight. I do believe this is where much of the cost of commercial windmills is incurred. I am proposing that home turbine blades can be made using thin aluminum metal and forming a hollow structure that can be pressurized with helium of the inside. The helium pressure gives the thin aluminum more strength and decreases it weight. It has been a while since a have taken chemistry so i'm not sure if the helium would diffuse through the aluminum or not my guess would be it would eventually. Therefore the inside of the blade would have to be coated with latex or something. Is this a dumb idea or could this possibly work?
Rachel |Vice President - Greenergy, LLC
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Thomas |Aerospace Engineer
Thank you for the inquiry. This idea is impractical for a number of reasons. The manufacturing costs...1.5 Hours Later
Robert |All levels and disciplines
jackson, I know more about larger turbines so you may want to pose your question in the right forum ...2 Hours Later