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Areomotor windmill plans
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Alan Arvin    Posted 01-02-2004 at 21:53:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I thought i would like to build a small windmill like the old Areomotors brand. I would make it about 12-15 feet tall,minus the gearbox.Could anyone give me an idea on proportions or some kind of measurement? I am sure somebody out there has done this.Any help will be greatly appreciated.Thank you. Oh yeah,it will be made out of angle iron.

Dave    Posted 05-28-2005 at 20:46:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
To answer your question. The ratio is 5 to 1.
Or a 50' tower has an 8' base.

s    Posted 01-27-2005 at 18:45:55       [Reply]  [No Email]

deadcarp-darius    Posted 01-03-2004 at 04:01:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
depending a little on its purpose, you might want to consider something less conventional. the simplest way to transfer power is down a rotating vertical shaft, and darius-type windmills can do that very well and with much less aerial hardware, in fact the only servicable thing you'd need up top is a sleeve bearing. advantages are that it will catch & use wind from any direction, and it will not over-rev in a gust. i fiddled with a darius-type years ago - made one by splitting a plastic drum into 3 equal parts and mounted them around a vertical shaft. it kinda resembled a mixmaster beater on end with a car axle bearing/hub carrying it at the bottom. i just roped the top sleeve to a tree and boy that thing turned all summer! horsepower was probably fractional like 1/3-horse (it could be stopped by hand - with effort) but remember i only had a 3-foot fan and brakes could be put back into the hub. if that thing had a tower it could become a real workhorse! popular mechanics used the same principle and made a small one with plastic tubing and cloth sails. theirs recharged batteries.

Bob    Posted 01-02-2004 at 22:06:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some of the Aermotors used a 10' or a 12' wheel on a 40' or 50' tower. That should give you some idea of proportion.

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