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    Build a Savonius Wind Turbine
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      A Savonius wind turbine is a Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) that converts wind power, by a typically “S” shaped rotor, into a vertical rotating axis.

      Background Information

    • Savonius wind turbine - Wikipedia [View Resource]
    • Wind Turbine Primer [View Resource]
    • Wind Power [View Resource]

      Build a Savonius Wind Turbine

    • Build your own model Savonius wind turbine [View Experiment]
    • Making a simple Savonius wind turbine [View Experiment]
    • Build Cardboard Savonius Wind Turbine [View Experiment]
    • DIY wind turbine with bicycle wheels [View Experiment]
    • A homemade water pumping wind turbine [View Experiment]
    • Build a VAWT [View Experiment]
    • Micro wind power with a Savonius rotor [View Experiment]

      K-12 Experiments, Labs, Science Fair Projects

    • Wind Energy Science Fair Projects and Experiments [View Experiment]
    • How to Build a Wind Turbine for Your Science Fair? [View Experiment]
    • PicoTurbine Windmill Plans and Experiments [View Experiment]
    • Build models of wind turbines and experiment with the types of changes that will increase efficiency. [View Experiment]
    • Test The Efficiency of Different Savonius Wind Turbines [View Experiment]

      College Experiments, Labs, Studies and Articles

    • Increase in the Savonius rotors efficiency via a parametric investigation [View Experiment]
    • Performance Analysis of a Helical Savonius Rotor with Shaft at 45° Twist Angle Using CFD [View Experiment]
    • A Permanent Magnet Generator for Small Scale Wind Turbines [View Experiment]
    • Estimation of the power ratio and torque in wind turbine Savonius rotors using artificial neural networks [View Experiment]
    • Performance assessment of a combined solar and wind system [View Experiment]

      Theses and Dissertations

    • Optimization of a Savonius Rotor Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine for. Use in Water Pumping Systems in Rural Honduras [View Thesis]
    • Design, fabrication and experiment of a new vertical axis wind turbine [View Thesis]
    • Experimental investigation of the performance of a diffuseraugmented vertical axis wind turbine [View Thesis]


    • Wind Rotor by Sigurd J. Savonius (the inventor of the Savonius wind turbine) (US Patent 1766765, 1930) [View Patent]
    • Wind turbine boats, watercraft drives, and wind turbine enhancements (US Patent 7775843, 2010) [View Patent]
    • Traffic-driven wind generator (US Patent 7098553, 2006) [View Patent]
    • Coupled vortex vertical axis wind turbine (US Patent 6784566, 2004) [View Patent]

      See Also

    • Horizontal-Axis Wind Turbine vs. Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine [View Experiment]

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