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Bio-Inspired Wind Turbine Blade Profile Design

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dc.contributor.advisor Leigh, Wallace
dc.contributor.advisor Rosiczkowski, Joseph
dc.contributor.advisor Lee, Seong-Jin Wright, Garrett 2018-06-26T17:27:50Z 2018-06-26T17:27:50Z 2017-12-14
dc.description Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Alfred University Honors Program. en_US
dc.description.abstract The wind energy industry needs technological advancements in cost-efficiency if it is to compete with fossil fuels for large-scale energy production. In addition, many communities refuse to allow wind turbines to be erected nearby due to noise complaints. To solve issues of cost-effectiveness and noise reduction, this proposal suggests that nature may have viable designs which can be implemented. Of particular note are nearly-silent owl feathers and the tubercles of humpback whale fins, known for improving efficiency. The design project proposed here will investigate the creation of a hybrid blade profile which seeks to capitalize on both designs, improving efficiency and reducing noise in one profile. After research and testing on the hybrid profile, it was determined that while the noise reduction aspect of the design was sound, the placement of the tubercles on the trailing edge was incorrect due to faulty research, leading to a drop in overall efficiency. Further development is necessary to refine this design, though the basic principles behind the design remain sound. en_US
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dc.subject Honors thesis en_US
dc.subject Wind turbines en_US
dc.subject Wind energy en_US
dc.subject Technology en_US
dc.title Bio-Inspired Wind Turbine Blade Profile Design en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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