Matt Swearingen's homemade Power Star Extreme takes a beating from flying debris in a violent storm.
Matt said in reference to the safety of TLG
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Comments from Matt about the storm and the events that transpired during.
5 bladed Tri Nado Extreme dies a horrible death.
woke up last night (6-7-05) at 11:00pm to go to work I could hear
the wind was blowing a little but I didn't think much about it.
Went out into the
living room, the kids were watching TV like
opened the fridge and it hit me the electricity is out.
Ok I walked out into the entry way where my control panel is for the
Wind Genny and Power Inverter.
My computer has it's own battery back up but it's not connected to the main battery bank so I shut it down before the UPS dies on it, no more wind speed meter.
by now the wind is really picking up bad nasty nasty wind 50 foot
trees are pulling over to what looks like almost a 45degree angle.
it happened I heard that fatal sound of something give way and the
sound of the blades just take off making the sound of a helicopter (
almost ), it was very loud and a bit scary I wish I had an RPM
reading off of them because I know they were moving. I could
not see them but I could sure hear them like they were going to take
you guessed it the next thing I heard was the blades hitting the
figured that the stator burned out or something but after I got it
down this morning I found the stator broke loose from it's mounts
and just started spinning with the blades.
I was on my way to work, Late of course because of the whole ordeal
the radio said we had over 80MPH winds in our area. I work about 20
miles from home and I was dodging trees in the road the whole way
there it's really a mess around here.
one thing I can say is, if this were a wooden blade I would have pieces
of it in my house, the neighbors house, the barn down the road, and
possibly in a house in the next county. Even though I lost my new
blade in the first real wind I've had since I put it up at least no
person was hurt and I can send that message out to all you wooden
Thanks for reading my story, now I must go to work on my next wind Genny.
Additional comments from Matt: (6-8-05)
forgot to mention the balance on this 5 bladed Extreme was excellent
right up to the point of destruction. I
don't believe I'll ever get them to balance again.
However I've been looking these blades over and I believe I can save 3 of them and put them back up with the old 3 bladed hub and my old stator until I figure out what I want to do next. I do want to get the 5 blades back because I know it had some unbelievable power. I just wish I would have had some 14 to 25 MPH winds before the 80+MPH.
I've put it up, my wind meter has only peeked out at 11MPH until
last night of course, and I've seen it produce up to 144 watts at
have to laugh about the whole experience now that it's over.
Because I know I'm
moving in the right direction with this I just need to sturdy things
up a bit better before moving on to the 5 blades again and maybe
install some sort of braking system besides just shorting it out. I
know if I could have stopped it dead everything would have been
Oh well live and learn
been working on straitening blades, I've
got 3 real close, 1
not too bad but I don't want to try and use it, but now that 5th one
( Oh My ) this thing after really looking it over close I realized
it made contact with the tower about 6 inches in from the tip of the
blade and actually stretched the blade.
There is no doubt in my mind that this blade was struck by flying debris and pushed back into the tower. There is just no way that it could have flexed back so far as to hit the tower 6 inches in from the tip all of a sudden. The very tips should have made contact with the tower first which should have then slowed the blades down, and of course mangled the tips out.