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Experience with Jacobs wind-driven electric generating plant, 1931 - 1957Engineering, construction, performance, electric output, and different uses of the wind electric 2500- to 3000-watt plant are outlined. After several years of testing different types of windmills, the three blade aeroplane type of propeller was found to be far superior in power output. By means of a flyball governor operated, variable pitch speed control, the maximum speed of the propeller was accurately and easily controlled, to prevent excessive speeds in high winds and storms. The three blade propeller was found to be necessary to prevent excessive vibration whenever the shift of the wind direction required the plant to change its facing direction on the tower.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Jacobs, M. L.
(Jacobs Wind Electric Co., Inc. Fort Meyers, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1973
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Lewis Res. Center Wind Energy Conversion Systems
Subject Category
Auxiliary Systems
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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