# Homework Help: Wind power basics

1. Jan 17, 2008

### kateman

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
iam doing an assignment on renewable energy, specifically wind power. basically, i wish to know what are all and any principals, laws and theories that you can think of involved in this system. i just wish to know the names, i can do the research (no matter how difficult or advance they are).

2. Relevant equations
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3. The attempt at a solution
well i know of the magnus effect but am at a loss right now as to what more are out there involved in this process. any suggestions welcome :)

2. Jan 19, 2008

### Tom Mattson

Staff Emeritus
3. Jan 20, 2008

### kateman

i dont mean to sound rude but thats not what i was asking for

i wished to know of any theories, laws, principles and effects that are involved in the operation of the wind mills from the movement of particles to the generation of electricity. an example would be the magnus effect which continues the blade's motion as long as there is a perpendicular force (the wind in this case) upon them.

i doubt that this one effect could be the only thing that i should be researching but even when iam reading physics dictionaries iam not coming up with anything.

4. Jan 26, 2008

### Tom Mattson

Staff Emeritus
It seems to me that the 3rd link on my search page has pretty much exactly that. It's a 42 page paper that details the theory of wind turbine operation.

5. Jan 27, 2008

### kateman

oh, my apologies.
that link is quite useful, thanks for your time :)

may i also ask, why is it that there are so many different types of wind turbines out there?

i mean they have 1, 2, 3 and 4 blade types and so many different designs of the turbines and it just doesnt seem to make sense to build different types if one is more effective than the other.
iam kind of lost on that explanation but if you can explain to me that, then iam going to be all good! thanks

6. Jan 30, 2008

### Tom Mattson

Staff Emeritus
That I'm not too sure of. I don't know a whole lot about wind power generation. But when I want to know about something, I Google it and sift through the "dot edu" and "dot gov" websites that turn up. Educational and government institutions generally have reliable scientific info.

7. Jan 31, 2008

### kateman

okay thanks heaps