Revolutionary Wind Turbine Magnetic Gear

Date Published: 
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

One senior design project is the development of a prototype for a revolutionary magnetic gear for a wind turbine.  This gear will be particularly useful in off shore environments.  The inherent overload protection and non-contact transmission of torque are seen as keen advantages over mechanical gearboxes in applications where the gearbox is installed remotely and would be difficult and/or expensive to access for preventative maintenance or repair.  In this project the students designed and built the prototype for a power transmission system coupling a wind turbine to a generator through magnetic gearing.  The student working on the project were Christopher Conway, Brandon Eanes, Joshua Kadel, Jarad Osterhus, and Nicholas Wiegold.

Click on the link below to see a video of the initial testing of the prototype.

Magnetic Gear