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Homework Help: Velocity diagram for a rotating blade

  1. Mar 14, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I do not understand what the vectors W and V represent
    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know U is the tip speed velocity but I don't know about the other two
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  3. Mar 19, 2015 #2
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  4. Mar 19, 2015 #3


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    It's hard to be sure because the angles alpha and beta are not shown in the upper diagram.
    At a guess, beta is the angle the blade makes to the inner hub. W could be a velocity vector relative to the blade, e.g. representing a flow of fluid along the blade surface. V would then be the velocity vector relative to the ground.
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