GeneratorX! Charles Mitchell Doug Manofsky Josh Goben Trey Field Vertical-Axis Aerogenerator • GeneratorX is designed to have the maximum amount of surface area available to capture wind. • Constructed out of poster board, wooden skewers, and quite a bit of duct/aluminum tape. • Connected to a vertical aluminum rod which is supported by two bearings. • A cardboard gear is connected at the bottom of the shaft which turns the generator. Physics • The energy is first in the form of wind speed. The more wind that is captured, the more energy that can be harnessed. • The heavier the turbine, the more momentum it will have after moving. This gives a more stable current from the generator. • The larger the gear ratio, the faster the generator can spin which will increase the amount of power generated. Design Issues • We first tried using bearings only at the bottom, but the system was too unstable. • We tried several different methods of gearing before reaching the final product. • We went through a few variations of the design of the blades. Conclusion • A wind turbine constructed with a budget of $40 is inefficient. • On a larger scale, and with better materials, a wind turbine may generate electricity somewhat efficiently. • The basic design of a wind turbine is actually quite simple.