Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wind wave sculpture

I'm working with friend on a wind-powered kinetic sculpture. This is a half-scale model out of wood to verify the mechanics.

And here's a road test with the sail attached. I'm calling out engine RPM to estimate speed because the speedometer is not very accurate at low speeds. 1900 rpm equals somewhere between 9 & 10 mph.

This test provided great information about how it behaves in the wind. We're going to try less offset on the crankarm and reduce the amount of travel in the rods. Oh, and make it stronger, too.