Furling Mechanism - Windtura 500

Discussion in 'Post Your Photos' started by timber, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. timber

    timber WindyNation Engineer

    Below are some photos of my home-built frame, tail section and furling mechanism.
    Sorry about the photo quality, used my cell phone to take them.
    PMA is the Windynation, Windtura 500 with 3 - #8 down wire attached

    [attachment=5:2xysfeug]RearView.jpg[/attachment:2xysfeug]
    Rear View - Not Furled

    [attachment=4:2xysfeug]RearFurled.jpg[/attachment:2xysfeug]
    Rear View - Furled

    [attachment=3:2xysfeug]TopView.jpg[/attachment:2xysfeug]
    Top View

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    Front View - Not Furled

    [attachment=1:2xysfeug]Furled.jpg[/attachment:2xysfeug]
    Front View - Furled

    [attachment=0:2xysfeug]Tail.jpg[/attachment:2xysfeug]
    Tail Section
     

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  2. windyguru

    windyguru WindyNation Expert

    Pretty cool. Kind of looks robotic.

    I am sure it will work just fine as it seems you have a good handle on how the turbine is supposed to work and, also, this is your second wind turbine.

    When is it going up in the air :D ?
     
  3. timber

    timber WindyNation Engineer

    Hi Windy,

    Thanks, it's been raining pretty heavy and I'm working on getting my 4 chords of wood stacked so the project is moving rather slow right now.
    I have decided to move away from using pillow block bearings like I had on my previous WT. My pole has a 5/8" steel rod (about 10" long) at the top so I will clamp a piece of half inch steel pipe to the turbine frame with U-bolts to act as a pivot. It's a tight fit right now but I can bore the pipe out a couple of thousandths and it will fit nicely.

    Other than that and a bit of reinforcement of the stops all I really need to do is assemble the blades on the hub , hook up the down wires to my new controller and wire up my dump load to the batteries.
    I'm getting there, it will move along quickly when I get some time and it's not pouring. :)

    timber
     

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