To see how effective this sort of turbine would be in air, a helical turbine based on the designs and patents of Dr. Alexander M. Gorlov was chosen. His turbine. The project is about creating a Gorlov Vertical Wind Turbine and project we are going to design and assemble a helical wind turbine and. 1. Characteristics of the helical turbine. Schematic view of a standard, 3-blade Gorlov helical turbine mounted in a frame with a generator.

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Gorlov of Northeastern University. The physical principles of the GHT work [3] are the same as for its main prototype, the Darrieus turbine, and for the family of similar Vertical axis wind turbines which includes also Turby wind turbineaerotecture turbine, Quietrevolution wind turbineGHT, turby and quietrevolution solved pulsatory torque issues by using the helical twist of the blades. The term “foil” is used to describe the shape of the blade cross-section at a given point, with no distinction for the type of fluid, thus referring to either an ” airfoil ” or ” hydrofoil “.

In the helical design, the blades curve around the axis, which has the effect of evenly distributing the foil sections throughout the rotation cycle, so there is always a foil section at every possible angle of attack. In this way, the sum of the lift and drag forces on each blade do not change abruptly with gorpov angle. The turbine generates a smoother torque curve, so there is turvine less vibration and noise than in the Darrieus design.

It also minimizes peak stresses in the structure and materials, and facilitates self-starting of the turbine.

WIND-WORKS: Gorlov Helical Wind Turbine

Overall, these technologies represent the current norm of tidal current development. The main difference between the Gorlov helical turbine and conventional turbines is the orientation of the axis in relation to current flow. The GHT is a vertical-axis turbine which means the axis is positioned perpendicular to current flow, whereas traditional turbines are horizontal-axis turbines which means the axis is positioned parallel to the flow of the current. Fluid flows, such turbkne wind, will naturally change direction, however they will still remain parallel to the ground.

So in all vertical-axis goorlov, the flow remains perpendicular to the axis, regardless of the flow direction, and the turbines always rotate in the same direction.

This is one of the main advantages of vertical-axis turbines. If the direction of the water flow is fixed, then the Gorlov turbine axis could be vertical or horizontal, the only requirement is orthogonality to the flow. The GHT operates under a lift -based concept see airfoil. The foil sections on the GHT are symmetrical, both top-to-bottom and also from the leading-to-trailing edge.

The GHT can actually spin equally well in either direction. The GHT works under the same principle as the Darrieus turbine; that is, it relies upon the movement of the foils in order to change the apparent direction of ogrlov flow relative to the foils, and thus change the apparent “angle of attack” of the foil.

A GHT is proposed [8] for low-head micro hydro installations, when construction of a dam is undesirable.

The Turbinf is an example of damless hydro technology. The technology may potentially offer cost and environmental benefits over dam-based micro-hydro systems. Some advantages of damless hydro are that it eliminates the potential gorolv failure of a dam, which improves public safety. It also eliminates the initial cost of dam engineering, construction and maintenance, reduces the environmental and ecological complications, and potentially simplifies the regulatory issues put into law specifically to mitigate the problems with dams.

In general, a major ecological issue with hydropower installations is their actual and perceived risk to aquatic life. It is claimed that a GHT spins slowly enough that fish can see it soon enough to swim around it. Also it would be difficult for a fish to become lodged or stuck in the turbine, because the open gor,ov between the blades are larger than even the largest fish living in a small river.

A fish also would not be tumbled around in a vortexbecause the GHT does not create a lot of turbulence, so small objects would be turbibe swept through with the current. In this gor,ov the direction of the fluid flow is to the left. As the turbine rotates, in this case in a clockwise direction, the motion of the foil through the fluid changes the apparent velocity and angle of attack speed and direction of the fluid golov respect to the frame of reference of the foil.


The combined effect of these two flow components i. The action of this apparent flow on each foil section generates both a lift and drag force, gorkov sum of which is shown in the figure above titled “Net force vectors”. Each of these net force vectors can be split into two orthogonal vectors: The normal forces are opposed by the rigidity of the turbine structure and do not impart any rotational force or energy to the turbine.

The remaining force component propels grlov turbine in the clockwise direction, and it is from this torque that energy can be harvested. This is because a zero apparently flow velocity could occur only at a tip speed ratio of unity i. The downwind segments should show the vectors outside the circles. Otherwise there would be no net sideways loading on the turbine. Helical turbines in turbinf stream generate mechanical power independent on direction of the water flow.

Then electric generators assembled upon the common shaft transfer the power into electricity for the commercial use. Chain of Horizontal Gorlov Turbines. US Patents 5,, Sep. Water turbine — A water turbine is a rotary machine that converts kinetic energy and potential energy of water into mechanical work. Water turbines were developed in the 19th century and were used for industrial power prior to electrical grids. Now they are used for electric power generation.

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Water turbines are mostly found in dams turhine generate power from water kinetic energy. Water wheels have been used for hundreds of years for industrial power and their main shortcoming is size, which limits the flow rate and head that can be harnessed. The migration from water wheels to modern turbines took about one hundred years, development occurred during the Industrial revolution, using scientific principles and methods.

They also made use of new materials and manufacturing methods developed at the time.

Gorlov helical turbine – Wikipedia

The main difference between early water turbines and water wheels is a component of the water which passes energy to a spinning rotor. This additional component of motion allowed the turbine to be smaller than a wheel of the same power.

They could process more water by spinning faster and could harness much greater heads, the earliest known water turbines date to the Roman Empire. Two helix-turbine mill sites of almost identical design were found at Chemtou and Testour, modern-day Tunisia, the horizontal water wheel with angled blades was installed at the bottom of a water-filled, circular shaft. The water from the mill-race entered the pit tangentially, creating a water column which made the fully submerged wheel act like a true turbine.

Fausto Veranzio in his book Machinae Novae described a vertical axis mill with a similar to that of a Francis turbine. Johann Segner developed a water turbine in the midth century in Kingdom of Hungary.

It had a horizontal axis and was a precursor to modern water turbines and it is a very simple machine that is still produced today for use in small hydro sites. Segner worked with Euler on some of the mathematical theories of turbine design. In the 18th century, a Dr. Barker turibne a similar reaction hydraulic turbine that became popular as a lecture-hall demonstration.

Darrieus wind turbine — The Darrieus wind turbine is a type of vertical axis wind turbine used to generate electricity from the energy carried in the wind. The turbine consists of a number of curved aerofoil blades mounted on a tuurbine shaft or framework. The curvature of the blades allows the blade to be stressed only in tension at high rotating speeds, there are several closely related wind tkrbine that use straight blades.

This design of wind turbine was patented by Georges Jean Marie Darrieus, there are major difficulties in protecting the Darrieus turbine from extreme wind conditions and in making it self-starting. This arrangement is equally effective no matter which direction turbne wind is blowing—in contrast to the conventional type, when tufbine Darrieus rotor is spinning, the aerofoils are moving forward through the air in a circular path.

Relative to tudbine blade, this oncoming airflow is added vectorially to the wind and this generates a net force pointing obliquely forwards along a certain line-of-action. This force can be projected inwards past the turbine axis at a distance, giving a positive turvine to the shaft.

The aerodynamic principles which rotate the rotor are equivalent to tudbine in autogiros, the rotor spins at a rate unrelated to the windspeed, and usually many times faster. The energy arising from the torque and speed may be extracted and converted into power by using an electrical generator. The aeronautical terms lift and drag are, strictly speaking, forces across and along the approaching net relative airflow respectively and we really want to know the tangential force pulling the blade around, and turbihe radial force acting against the bearings.


When the rotor is stationary, no net rotational force arises, thus the design is not normally self-starting. Under rare conditions, Darrieus rotors can self-start, so some form of brake is required to hold it when stopped. One turibne with the design is that the angle of attack changes as the turbine spins and this leads to a sinusoidal power furbine that complicates design.

In particular, almost all Darrieus turbines have resonant modes where, at a rotational speed. For this reason, most Darrieus turbines grlov mechanical brakes or other speed control devices to keep the turbine spinning at these speeds for any lengthy period of time.

Another problem arises because the majority of the mass of the mechanism is at the periphery rather than at the hub. This leads to very high centrifugal stresses on the mechanism, which must be stronger and heavier than otherwise to withstand them. One common approach to minimise this is to curve the wings into a shape such that they are self-supporting and do not require such heavy supports. Thomas Edison — Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as Americas greatest inventor.

He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Edison was an inventor, holding 1, US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France.

Edisons inventions contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications and these included a stock ticker, a mechanical vote recorder, a battery for an electric car, electrical power, recorded music and motion pictures.

His advanced work in these fields was an outgrowth of his career as a telegraph operator. Edison developed a system of generation and distribution to homes, businesses.

He was the seventh and last child of Samuel Ogden Edison, Jr. His father, the son of a Loyalist refugee, had moved as a boy with the family from Nova Scotia, settling in southwestern Ontario, in a known as Shewsbury, later Vienna. By contrast, Samuel Jr. His patrilineal family line was Dutch by way of New Jersey and his mother taught him at home.

Much of his education came from reading R. Edison developed hearing problems at an early age, the cause of his deafness has been attributed to a bout of scarlet fever during childhood and recurring untreated middle-ear infections. In his later years, he modified the story to say the injury occurred when the conductor, in helping him onto a moving train, Edisons family moved to Port Huron, Michigan, after the railroad bypassed Milan in and business declined. Edison sold candy and newspapers on trains running from Port Huron to Detroit and he briefly worked as a telegraph operator in for the Grand Trunk Railway at Stratford, Ontario railway at age He was held responsible for a near collision and he also studied qualitative analysis and conducted chemical experiments on the train until he left the job.

Edison obtained the right to sell newspapers on the road, and, with the aid of four assistants, he set in type and printed the Grand Trunk Herald. Northeastern University — Northeastern University is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts, established in It is categorized as an R1 institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs on its main campus in the Fenway-Kenmore, Roxbury, South End, and Back Bay neighborhoods of Boston.

The university has satellite campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, Seattle, Washington, an additional satellite campus will open in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in late The universitys enrollment is approximately 18, undergraduate students and 7, graduate students, Northeastern features a cooperative education program that integrates classroom study with professional experience on seven continents and a comprehensive study abroad program.

Inthe university opened the George J.