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Wind Turbine Team

The Wind Turbine Team at Virginia Tech works to design and build a functioning, small-scale wind turbine.

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What is Wind Turbine Team at Virginia Tech?

The Wind Turbine Team at Virginia Tech is a student team that designs, builds, markets, and tests wind turbines. During the 2016-2017 academic year, the VT WTT designed and built a meter diameter portable wind turbine. The carbon-fiber blades are connected to a permanent magnet generator through a specifically machined driveshaft, and a Bluetooth controlled brake can stop the turbine for servicing. This turbine is ideal for powering off-grid electrical loads for long periods of time, where gas generators are not practical. The team finished construction on the turbine in April 2017, tested components of the turbine in the Virginia Tech Stability Wind Tunnel, and performed limited field testing on the turbine in May 2017.

turbine in tunnel
wind turbine team
turbine competition

Who can join? 

The Wind Turbine Team is composed of about 40 students, mainly engineers of all disciplines but is open to all majors. It is broken up into six sub-teams with two project leads leading the team. There is one main VT faculty advisor. 

Awards

4th overall in the 2018 Collegiate Wind Competition, held in Chicago, Illinois.  2nd overall in the 2019 Collegiate Wind Competition held at the National Wind Technology Center in Colorado.

Fast Facts

Team size: About 40 members
Department Afiliation: Mechanical Engineering

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