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Windmill

Discussion in 'Gallery' started by Darrells, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. Darrells

    Darrells Well-Known Member

    We built a new cabin at our lease today. Here is the last pic I took this afternoon as we were leaving. I just thought it looked pretty cool.


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  2. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Darrel. I've always liked the looks of a windmill, particularly if it's all still there. A derelict mill - one with parts missing and inoperable - is a sad relic.

    New wind generators seem to lack a lot of blades. They turn slowly, and there is a lot of circular area unattended. I realize that a slide rule somewhere said that is the most efficient way to do it. I don't believe it. For a prop rotating near the Mach at tip speed yes, but not for one doing only 5-8 RPM.
     
  3. Darrells

    Darrells Well-Known Member

    jack, This windmill is still operable and where we get our water for camp.
     
  4. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Neat. I hate a dry camp. In camps maintained by Michigan DNR, counties, townships, etc., there is often a hand pump for water. I still run that through my purifier before I drink it. OK for dishes of a bath, though.

    I wrap paper coffee filters around the intake gizmo on the end of the tube. Saves putting gunk into an expensive filter/purifier element. After pumping 3-4 quarts of water, there's gunk of various colors clogging the outside of the paper filter. Water comes out of my First Need purifier tasteless. (BUT - I still wouldn't mix it with single malt scotch. Scotch greatly improves the flavor of water, like when addding salt to beer - beer improves the flavor of salt.)
     
  5. tx river rat

    tx river rat Well-Known Member

    Jack
    Those props on the windmills down here are 180 ft in a decent wind you would be surprised what the tip speed it.
    Another reason for just three blades is wind load,if you made a blade like the windmill 180 ft tall you couldnt drill a hole deep enough for the tower to stand a 70 mile an hour wind,even the single blades have to be furled are the will self destruct.
    Ron
     
  6. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Bearing of wind load is an explanation that makes sense, Ron. I hadn't thought of that. Thanks
     
  7. gbinga

    gbinga Well-Known Member

    Seems like I read somewhere that the big blade at a slower RPM is safer for the birds - ? Apparently the big power generating mills kill a lot of birds. Used to see smaller props turning faster, but the newer ones seem to all be what ya'll are describing - huge twin blade prop, turning slow.

    GBinGA
     
  8. Wannabe

    Wannabe Well-Known Member

    I see trucks hauling thos blades quite often at the shop. Probally somewhere between 80 and 100 feet. Maby someone knows just how long they are.
    Bob
     
  9. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    I heard that myth about killing birds too. Seems a preposterous whopper to me. I've never seen a bird that dumb, and I've never seen birds flying around them.
     
  10. Wannabe

    Wannabe Well-Known Member

    Jack,
    You are right about the birds. They won't go near them. The blade tip velocities are no where near the speed of sound though they are hauling it around at a pretty good clip. The blade tips are designed to minimize blade tip vortices (like wing tip vortices) but they still exist. These vorticies are constant but we are unaware of them. They set up a harmonic pattern that cannot be felt or heard by the human ear but birds are very sensitive to them.
    The harmonics irritate the birds to the extent that they give the windmills a wide birth. That is why you don't find dead birds around windmills.
    Bob :? :wink:
     
  11. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Birds sensing minor pulses in air pressure sound similar to sharks sensing minor changes in water pressure, or electrical fields emanated by potential prey.

    I've read that when people go overboard in the ocean, dolphins will sometimes gather and scan them. They will gather closely around a pregnant woman, and protect her. I don't know if it's true or not, but I would readily believe it.

    My time and experience outdoors is similar to that of many on here. And, of course, dissimilar in some ways too. But many of us have mentioned experiences where it was pretty evident what animals were thinking.
     
  12. gbinga

    gbinga Well-Known Member

    As a matter of fact there is an article in USA Today (today's issue, page 3A) "Bird Deaths soar at wind farms".

    Altamont Pass, in the San Joaquin Valley in California, has 5400 windmills producing electricity. Around 10,000 birds per year are getting killed, including eagles and hawks, and owls. There is concern that if we try to accomplish the goal of producing 20% of our electricity by wind power by 2030, raptor extinctions may result.

    I don't have a whole lot of knowledge on this, or a strong opinion, but I've read enough different articles to think that it is a recognized problem, not a myth.

    Nuclear power doesn't kill very many animals, that I know of. Or people, either. As a matter of fact, the casualties are just about zero, if you ignore Chernobyl (nitwit mistakes made with inferior technology). Enviromentalist types need to reevaluate their position on nuclear power.

    gbinga
     
  13. Wannabe

    Wannabe Well-Known Member

    George,
    Are you sure of those facts. Your facts fly right in the face of what a Professor of Bird (or is that boat) Science from the University of Anahuac told me. Imagine that. :mrgreen:
    Bob :? :wink:
    Never mind! I see those are California birds.
     
  14. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Sadly, it seems that many stories, research reports, etc. that are related to "environmentalists" are often rebutted.

    Oddly enough, I know not a single outdoorsman - we who hunt, hike, camp, paddle the outdoors since childhood - who considers himself a tree hugging environmentalist. Only those from the city who digested Bambi - and thought it was real.
     
  15. Wannabe

    Wannabe Well-Known Member

    If I remember right Jack, wasnt the guy who wrote Bambi a Marxist?
    Bob
     
  16. gbinga

    gbinga Well-Known Member

    No, I'm not sure of the facts. Nor are they mine. Just telling you what I read in an article in USA Today. Could be they just made it all up. Could be a liberal media conspiracy to undermine the wind power industry.

    George
     
  17. gbinga

    gbinga Well-Known Member

    A google search of "bird deaths wind power" produces links to articles speaking to both sides of the issue.

    Wind farm location seems to make a difference. So does newer technology (bigger slower props, less of them) vs. older technology (smaller, higher RPM, more turbines in a given location).

    From what I can tell, the University of Anahuac is located in Mexico City. The Mexican government has a pretty big commitment to wind power.

    Imagine that.

    GBinGA
     
  18. Kayak Jack

    Kayak Jack Well-Known Member

    Makes one wonder why birds never committed suicide by flying into the old, farm windmills. They have lots of blades and turn rapidly.

    I'm sure that some birds have perished in windmills. They also perish by running into cars, airplanes, and windows. Do tree huggers have resultant campaigns there? If not, they seem either hypocritical, or merely poorly informed?
     
  19. gbinga

    gbinga Well-Known Member

    That's a good question. Maybe the old, multiple blade windmills were more visible? Perhaps noisier than the new ones? Smaller than the commercial rigs we put up now?

    As to cars, planes, feral cats, windows and such, yes, that seems to be a valid point, and it is also exactly what the wind power proponents point out.

    As to tree huggers, it seems clear that the really serious ones would love to do away with cars, airplanes, windows, and people for that matter.

    gbinga
     
  20. Wannabe

    Wannabe Well-Known Member

    Ginga,
    It is my belief that tree huggers do not want to do away with humans. By their vary nature they want, no- need humans around so they will have someone for them to dictate to what they can or cannot do. Tree Huggers would probally be satisifyed reverting us all back to the Stone Age. MABY
    Bob

    PS After a moments thought about this I beleive we might be in the wrong section for this subject. It is way too easy to be sidetracked.
     

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