2015-05-19 (Tu) Wind Generator Test Base

Electrical wiring on the controller side was done. Controller-side wiring goes from the controller to a twelve position terminal strip. The controller, an Arduino Micro, was mounted on a breadboard and DuPont wires were run to the terminal strip. Color codes on the DuPont wires were ignored. Screw terminals were chosen for this project to use up cheap wire which solder wouldn't bond with.

Controller-side wiring

Wires to the test stations were salvaged from cheap ethernet wiring. Insulation from this cord was inferior since it would tear from any abrasion. Wires were not arranged in twisted pairs nor did they use a standard color code. Ethernet wire is typically 26AWG but this wire was so thin that the screw terminals had trouble binding the conductors. Two lengths were cut long enough to go from the test stations on the porch to a computer inside. Wires were terminated on the terminal strip for each half of the test base and ground wires were twisted together. Heavier grounding wires may be run in parallel to the Ethernet cord.

Station-side wiring

Files for Wind Generator Test Base:
The OpenSCAD file below is not necessary unless you want to change something
 To do:
  • Connect electrical to stations
  • Debug program
  • Go to next phase and test turbine designs

The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date.

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1.
Completed projects from year 2

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2015-05-19 (Tu)