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INFLATABLE INVOLUTE VAWT concept for transportable emergency wind-power and Fair-Fun

All of these designs are built upon the involute spiral,
which is essentially the unwinding of the circumference of a circle.

Imagine a blue string wound counterclockwise on a spool of radius one.
As it unwinds, the end of the string traces out an involute path.

Involute 360 math02

The distance from the end of the involute curve of a full circle of radius-1 to its origin is 2pi = 6.28..., the circumference of the circle.  The successive unwinding can continue indefinitely, with the distance between successive spiral lines equal to the circumference segment of the inner circle being unwound.

Involute 840 degree dimensions_not-to-scale_600W02

Involute segments can also be duplicated in a circular pattern, creating pathways between spirals that are non-constricting.

This and the unique curvature geometry of the involute spiral allow ducts in turbines to capture the force of moving fluids with all the resistance imparted to rotation, not turbulence.

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Involute wind turbine-1-on base

the simplest inflatable would be an inflated rim around the base disk, stiffening the base of each taught fabric sail with radial stiffeners, with a central mast and tension cables below tightening the leading edge of the fabric sail.

5-vane 8ft turbine

3 vanes and 5 vanes -- many variations possible

inflatable turbine below sky

These pictures show a 15ft diameter by 21 ft high turbine stiffened with 12” diameter rim and spoke tubes and tapered tubes on leading edge of sails.

inflatable turbine-2b
inflatable turbine-2c
Gopsil 16ft inflatable

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Tubes stiffened sails, as pictured here, will be much more work.  The top will have to be continued with single thick fabric above where the inflated tubes become too small.

 

I think they will still need to be stiffened with compression spreaders and tension cables as described above.