Too much wind makes turbine rip itself apart

Ever wondered what would happen to a wind turbine that is exposed to too much wind? Here’s exactly what happens:

Quite spectacular, wouldn’t you say?

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12 Responses to Too much wind makes turbine rip itself apart

  1. Yumpin Yiminy. Awful.

    But, here’s a little tidbit. Most large scale turbines are designed with featherable blades and rotor locks. During storms and high wind, they automatically feather (flatten the blades) so the turbine won’t spin too fast, and set the rotor locks.

    This one didn’t, and I’d be all over the manufacturer to find out why the hell it didn’t. I can’t tell the size of the turbine there, I’m guessing it was industrial-sized (ala, 10-15′ blades), and there is no excuse for something that size NOT to auto-shutdown during high rotation.

  2. Yumpin Yiminy. Awful.

    But, here's a little tidbit. Most large scale turbines are designed with featherable blades and rotor locks. During storms and high wind, they automatically feather (flatten the blades) so the turbine won't spin too fast, and set the rotor locks.

    This one didn't, and I'd be all over the manufacturer to find out why the hell it didn't. I can't tell the size of the turbine there, I'm guessing it was industrial-sized (ala, 10-15' blades), and there is no excuse for something that size NOT to auto-shutdown during high rotation.

  3. that's insane, I hope any other turbines with potential problems like that are taken care of, that could cause serious damage

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