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 swerdna Jan10-09 07:25 PM

DDWFTTW Turntable Test

I have built a turntable and “cart” to test the claim of being able to travel directly downwind faster than the wind using only the immediate force of the wind. Here is a video of the test. The turntable is level but looks like it’s on an angle because of the camera angle. The cart ran against the motion of the turntable for over 5 minutes without loosing any speed. Is this conclusive proof of DDWFTTW?

 Triple_D Jan10-09 08:28 PM

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I'm new here, so I'm not crazy enough to get involved in this debate, but I would like to say that's a pretty cool turntable. Nice job!

 Hunterbender Jan10-09 08:34 PM

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 Quote by swerdna (Post 2029766) I have built a turntable and “cart” to test the claim of being able to travel directly downwind faster than the wind using only the immediate force of the wind. Here is a video of the test. The turntable is level but looks like it’s on an angle because of the camera angle. The cart ran against the motion of the turntable for over 5 minutes without loosing any speed. Is this conclusive proof of DDWFTTW? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCB1Jczysrk
First of all, interesting design.

I do not see how the fact that the cart ran against the motion of the turntable is a definite proof that DDWFTTW (Downwind Faster than the Wind) exists. Rather, if you can prove that the cart speeds up with respect to the motion of the turntable, then maybe you have a case. Of course, there might be something that I am missing.

In addition, you have not taken into consideration of the possible lift within the device. IF the cart is speeding up, it is completely possible to be an effect of lift rather than some "additional speed".

Personally, I do not think DDWFTW is true, because it contradicts the conservation principles and suggest a perceptual motion machine. But then again, I am only a high school student. My personal belief is that the effect of DDWFTW comes from lift, after all, the birds had been doing it for centuries.

 swerdna Jan10-09 09:15 PM

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 Quote by Triple_D (Post 2029856) I'm new here, so I'm not crazy enough to get involved in this debate, but I would like to say that's a pretty cool turntable. Nice job!
Thanks. It was fun to build.

 swerdna Jan10-09 09:24 PM

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 Quote by Hunterbender (Post 2029865) First of all, interesting design. I do not see how the fact that the cart ran against the motion of the turntable is a definite proof that DDWFTTW (Downwind Faster than the Wind) exists. Rather, if you can prove that the cart speeds up with respect to the motion of the turntable, then maybe you have a case. Of course, there might be something that I am missing. In addition, you have not taken into consideration of the possible lift within the device. IF the cart is speeding up, it is completely possible to be an effect of lift rather than some "additional speed". Personally, I do not think DDWFTW is true, because it contradicts the conservation principles and suggest a perceptual motion machine. But then again, I am only a high school student. My personal belief is that the effect of DDWFTW comes from lift, after all, the birds had been doing it for centuries.
Unlike all other moving surface DDWFTTW tests I’ve seen this cart is not held against the moving surface to gain propeller thrust. This cart moves freely on the surface and only gets it’s propeller thrust from the wind created when it moves through the still air with the turntable.

Not sure what you mean by “lift”. Can you explain in more detail?

Seems to do the “impossible” to me as well. But as anyone can plainly see, it does it! I like your typo (or humour) “perceptual motion”. It seems to be being continuously positively geared from the speed of the wind and doesn’t have to represent perpetual motion or free energy.

 Hunterbender Jan10-09 11:47 PM

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 Quote by swerdna (Post 2029913) Unlike all other moving surface DDWFTTW tests I’ve seen this cart is not held against the moving surface to gain propeller thrust. This cart moves freely on the surface and only gets it’s propeller thrust from the wind created when it moves through the still air with the turntable. Not sure what you mean by “lift”. Can you explain in more detail? Seems to do the “impossible” to me as well. But as anyone can plainly see, it does it! I like your typo (or humour) “perceptual motion”. It seems to be being continuously positively geared from the speed of the wind and doesn’t have to represent perpetual motion or free energy.
Hahaha, I was wondering if I should have put LOL next to it. But I guess people got it.

Anyways, here is more about lift
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lift_(force)
^my personal belief, I don't know if there are any research on its effect on these motion (prob.)

Just wondering, have you seen this setup?

 swerdna Jan10-09 11:58 PM

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To assimilate actual outside wind conditions as much as possible I have done a test where the cart is held to the turntable with a removable block so the cart initially has to move at the same speed as the turntable. The block is then removed (after about 3 - 4 seconds in video) and the wind then powers the thrust of the propeller to make the cart travel against the motion of the turntable.

 swerdna Jan11-09 12:04 AM

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 Quote by Hunterbender (Post 2029997) Hahaha, I was wondering if I should have put LOL next to it. But I guess people got it. Anyways, here is more about lift http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lift_(force) ^my personal belief, I don't know if there are any research on its effect on these motion (prob.) Just wondering, have you seen this setup? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BRvYZd81AQ
Well the cart doesn’t have a wing. Even if it gets some form of lift from the propeller so what? It still appears to effectively travel downwind faster than the wind. And it does it sustainable, I have now tested the cart speed is constant against the turntable for over 10 minutes.

Yes I’ve seen all the Spork & Co videos on another forum and they are what got me interested in this to begin with.

 zoobyshoe Jan11-09 12:11 AM

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 Quote by swerdna (Post 2029766) I have built a turntable and “cart” to test the claim of being able to travel directly downwind faster than the wind using only the immediate force of the wind. Here is a video of the test. The turntable is level but looks like it’s on an angle because of the camera angle. The cart ran against the motion of the turntable for over 5 minutes without loosing any speed. Is this conclusive proof of DDWFTTW? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCB1Jczysrk
I'm not sure what I'm looking at. The table is turned by a motor. What is turning the propeller on the end of the rotating arm?

 swerdna Jan11-09 12:20 AM

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 Quote by zoobyshoe (Post 2030018) I'm not sure what I'm looking at. The table is turned by a motor. What is turning the propeller on the end of the rotating arm?
The wind created by the propeller moving through still air.

ETA - And the wheel rolling against the motion of the turntable surface.

 zoobyshoe Jan11-09 12:47 AM

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 Quote by swerdna (Post 2030026) The wind created by the propeller moving through still air.
I watched it three more times. I don't know what this does to your downwind thingy concept, but it's clear that airflow is coming off the spinning table, which is, in effect, a one blade Tesla turbine, dontcha know? I think this airflow is probably turning the propeller. Run the table without the rotating arm and feel anywhere near the periphery of the turntable: you'll feel airflow coming off it. I'm thinking whichever side of the propeller is nearest bottom dead center is getting turned by this air flow while the other one is pulling the propeller forward in the usual way.

 OmCheeto Jan11-09 12:50 AM

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 Quote by swerdna (Post 2030026) The wind created by the propeller moving through still air.
Are you sure it's not the frictional force at the pivot point next to the vice grips causing the motor car to move slower than the turn-table, generating a relative speed which at some point causes the propeller to have enough thrust to propel the little car in the direction opposite that of the table.

I do love these FTTW machines. I always scratch my head for a bit when I see them.
I actually like yours the best. You should build a small model and sell it as a novelty.
You might make a million dollars!

Have you seen the motor car that goes faster than the ruler video? It seems to be somehow related to these FTTW devices.

 zoobyshoe Jan11-09 01:04 AM

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 Quote by OmCheeto (Post 2030037) I actually like yours the best. You should build a small model and sell it as a novelty. You might make a million dollars!
I think if he reconfigured it a bit he could use it for good rather than evil: to prove than an airplane can take off while sitting on a backwards moving conveyor belt.

 swerdna Jan11-09 01:11 AM

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 Quote by OmCheeto (Post 2030037) Are you sure it's not the frictional force at the pivot point next to the vice grips causing the motor car to move slower than the turn-table, generating a relative speed which at some point causes the propeller to have enough thrust to propel the little car in the direction opposite that of the table. I do love these FTTW machines. I always scratch my head for a bit when I see them. I actually like yours the best. You should build a small model and sell it as a novelty. You might make a million dollars! Have you seen the motor car that goes faster than the ruler video? It seems to be somehow related to these FTTW devices. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Yt4z...eature=channel
I’m not “sure” of anything. I built this turntable and cart thinking that it would more than likely disprove the DDWFTTW claim made by others. It seems to me however that it serves to prove the claims rather than disprove.

I don’t see that friction at the centre pivot is any different than the overall friction of rolling resistance of the cart. Can you explain how slight friction at the pivot point would have any effect that is different than the overall friction of the rolling resistance? In my mind the thrust of the propeller shouldn’t exceed the overall rolling resistance of the cart. But apparently it does!

I like mine best as well (but I might have a slight bias). A million dollars you say! . . . Hmmmm

Think I have seen all (if not most) FTTW videos.

ETA - I can also make the cart "hover" with no (or very little) movement against the centre pivot.

 OmCheeto Jan11-09 01:11 AM

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 Quote by zoobyshoe (Post 2030047) I think if he reconfigured it a bit he could use it for good rather than evil: to prove than an airplane can take off while sitting on a backwards moving conveyor belt.
With a fast enough belt, we could launch a shuttle all the way to the moon! No more of those toxic solid rockets and explosive hydrogen tanks. Perhaps we could run one up the side of Mt. Everest to give it just the right angle.

 swerdna Jan11-09 01:19 AM

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It’s a gimmick so there’s gotta be a buck in it. Maybe I should have a talk with my Irish friend Pat Pending. Hmmmmm . . . world domination . . . evil it is!

 OmCheeto Jan11-09 01:23 AM

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 Quote by swerdna (Post 2030050) I’m not “sure” of anything. I built this turntable and cart thinking that it would more than likely disprove the DDWFTTW claim made by others. It seems to me however that it serves to prove the claims rather than disprove.
I'm not even sure what they are trying to prove.
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 I don’t see that friction at the centre pivot is any different than the overall friction of rolling resistance of the cart.
Why did the cart move slower than the turntable when you started it then?
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 Think I have seen all (if not most) FTTW videos.
That one was faster than a ruler though. And the maker has a British accent. And he has prequels and sequels. I've watched them all.

 swerdna Jan11-09 01:32 AM

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 Quote by OmCheeto (Post 2030059) I'm not even sure what they are trying to prove.
That it is possible to sustain ably travel directly downwind faster than the wind only using the immediate speed of the wind.
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 Quote by OmCheeto (Post 2030059) Why did the cart move slower than the turntable when you started it then?
Not just because of friction at the centre pivot but also because of all the friction of the cart and resistance of the still air. Un-tethered three wheel carts can do the same thing.

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 Quote by OmCheeto (Post 2030059) That one was faster than a ruler though. And the maker has a British accent. And he has prequels and sequels. I've watched them all.
But the demonstration was that ruler = wind.

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