There are various parts which are required to build a vertical axis wind turbine and below those are mentioned:
Parts Needed for Building the Vertical Axis Wind Turbine
Jigsaw and or band saw, a hand saw, a lathe, a drill press or hand drill, some drill bits, screwdriver, tab tool, a ruler, a pencil, compass, sanding paper, vise (it's meant to make work easier), wrenches, and 2 clamps. Then you may need some parts for this process which are a PVC pipe, waterproof wood "the concrete plywood is most advisable.
However, in the event you don't have one then you may be required to protect the plywood using a coating, 2 bearings and it is important to note that the one at the bottom will require to be firm to hold a load, a grease nipple, a wire rod in two sizes or 1 big one and some four small ones otherwise stainless steel is the best, have some bolts and washers in two sizes still the stainless steel is the best, get a piece of 40 mm round aluminum or its alloy such that it can handle a load, find two angle irons and three eye screws.
Steps on How to build the Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT)
- First and foremost you will need to measure the PVC pipe which you will divide it into four equal parts using one of the saws. Then still cut it over through the whole length which should result into 8 equal size pieces.
- The next step is take your two pieces of the waterproof plywood which should be 12mm then measure them in two directions whereby you mark the point from the middle of your plate. After which you take the compass and then draw a 40cm diameter circle. Then using your jigsaw to cut the plywood out.
- The next step is to ensure that take the one of the half pipes then hold them against the 8 lines you had drawn previously. Ensure that you draw one line on the inside the circles and another one on the outside in a way you will make small bows of which you will have to clamp the bows together. Then cut them into equal pieces whereby you make a marking that runs over sides the two disks. This is meant to ensure that the turbine disks are lined up impeccably. In addition, ensure that the clamped disks are drilled to fit in the size of the big wire rod into the whole and then drill the four holes which are meant for the small rods. Then divide the four rods in similar sizes over the turbine ensuring that you stay 2cm from your bows. This will ensure that the washers do not come into contact with your blades.
- The next step is that you place the turbine on top the same way you did at the bottom. Be keen on the markings that you had on the disks sides as they were still clamped. Then ensure that the cuts fit on top of each in a nice way as this will ensure that the turbine will not wobble as much after you are done. You can use a small piece of wood and hammer to reduce the risks of damaging the blade once you start hitting them. Also ensure that the blades fit in tightly and the little rods are in their right places.
In other terms, it may not be easy to build a VAWT but it will require understanding the instructions and if possible visit a website that will have all the right images to assist in making the bow cuts and finally having the wind turbine. It is important to note that most of the turbines require precise measurements that will assist in making the turbine having a more sturdy structure and get efficient.