Presents nearly 180 striking images of historic windmills across North America, capturing the wind machines in a wide range of settings and uses and documenting both the construction of commercial machines and the innovative designs of individuals who built their own.
In Windmill Tales, in ninety-nine beautiful full-color images, photographer Wyman Meinzer shows American windmills as they appear today. Many of them are still working, and others have fallen or are preserved at the American Wind Power Center, but all illustrate the way of life that was made possible by the windmill. Brief reminiscences and stories told by visitors to the American Wind Power Center give the reader a sense of the central importance of windmills in the lives of early pioneers in the West. Together with the photographs they give us a fascinating insight into our history.
Relates the history of the efforts to capture the power of wind for electricity, from the first European windmills to California's wind farms of the late twentieth century.
This bibliography of historic trade literature on farm and ranch windmills is the first of its kind for any large class of objects mass-produced in North America. It includes catalogs, price and part lists, handbills, folders, posters, and advertising cards held in public collections throughout the United States and abroad. The materials, which date from the 1840s through the 1990s, will be almost impossible to locate without this guide since they do not appear in the Library of Congress on-line catalog. The manufacturers' names are arranged alphabetically in the body of the book. Trade literature for each company or distributor is then arranged chronologically, described, summarized, and assigned location codes. To find information on a specific windmill, one need only look for the model in the index. Windmill enthusiasts, museum curators, scholars of manufacturing and advertising, and collectors of ephemera will relish this result of more than twenty years of windmill research.
This first-ever encyclopedia of the Midwest seeks to embrace this large and diverse area, to give it voice, and help define its distinctive character. Organized by topic, it encourages readers to reflect upon the region as a whole. Each section moves from the general to the specific, covering broad themes in longer introductory essays, filling in the details in the shorter entries that follow. There are portraits of each of the region's twelve states, followed by entries on society and culture, community and social life, economy and technology, and public life. The book offers a wealth of information about the region's surprising ethnic diversity -- a vast array of foods, languages, styles, religions, and customs -- plus well-informed essays on the region's history, culture and values, and conflicts. A site of ideas and innovations, reforms and revivals, and social and physical extremes, the Midwest emerges as a place of great complexity, signal importance, and continual fascination.
This is the first general treatment of windpower in English, covering the unpredictable nature of wind and focusing on the technical evolution and industrial application of windpower.
People have long used wind to create energy on a small scale. Today's inventors and engineers have built a variety of windmills and state-of-the-art machines called wind turbines that take the flow of the wind and turn it into energy we can use for large-scale, practical purposes. Readers will love reading about these fascinating projects.
Americas only authentic operational Dutch windmill, De Zwaan serves as Holland, Michigans iconic connection to the communitys roots. For more than a half-century, The Swan (the translation of De Zwaan) has drawn visitors from all over the world.
During the past 20 years, the field of mechanical engineering has undergone enormous changes. These changes have been driven by many factors, including: the development of computer technology worldwide competition in industry improvements in the flow of information satellite communication real time monitoring increased energy efficiency robotics automatic control increased sensitivity to environmental impacts of human activities advances in design and manufacturing methods These developments have put more stress on mechanical engineering education, making it increasingly difficult to cover all the topics that a professional engineer will need in his or her career. As a result of these developments, there has been a growing need for a handbook that can serve the professional community by providing relevant background and current information in the field of mechanical engineering. The CRC Handbook of Mechanical Engineering serves the needs of the professional engineer as a resource of information into the next century.
Small wind turbines utilize wind energy to produce power with rated capacities of 100 kilowatts or less. With this increasingly popular technology, individual businesses, farms, and homes can generate their own electricity and cut their energy bills , while generating power in an environmentally sound manner. The challenges facing the engineers who are tasked with planning and developing these small wind systems are multifaceted, from choosing the best site and accurately estimating power output, to obtaining proper permitting and troubleshooting operational inefficiencies. Optimization of project development for small wind applications is a necessity. Small Wind: Planning and Building Successful Installations provides a cohesive guide to achieving successful small wind installations from an informed expert. It is a comprehensive information resource from one of the world’s most experienced small wind professionals, covering all the key issues for small wind system development, from site and machine selection to international standards compliance. Establishes technical guidelines for the growing number of engineers called upon to plan small wind projects Identifies and explains the critical issues for small wind installations, including siting, turbine choice, applications and permitting, economics, load management, and grid integration Examples from real projects demonstrate key considerations for success, complete with template spreadsheets and measurements needed to support project planning efforts Includes reports on the most commonly used turbines and designs and synthesizes and clarifies relevant wind industry documentation, saving readers endless hours of research
This book starts with the invention of the wheel nearly 5000 years ago, and via Archimedes, Aristotle and Hero describes the first practical applications such as water wheels and grinding wheels, pushing on to more rigorous scientific research by inquiring minds such as Leonardo da Vinci and Copernicus in later ages. Newton and Leibniz followed, and beam structures received maximum attention three centuries ago. As focus shifts and related disciplines such as mathematics and physics also develop, slowly turbomachines and rotor and blade dynamics as we know the subject now take shape. While the book traces the events leading to Laval and Parsons Turbines, the emphasis is on rotor and blade dynamics aspects that pushed these turbines to their limits in the last century. The tabular and graphical methods developed in the pre-computer era have taken different form in the last fifty years through finite element methods. The methods evolved in the last century are discussed in detail to help modern day designers and researchers. This book will be useful to young researchers and engineers in industry and educational institutions engaged in rotor and blade dynamics work in understanding the past and the present developments and what is expected in future. Faculty and industry engineers can benefit from this broad perspective history in formulating their developmental plans.
Energy and the Environment is conceived and written at a level suitable for use as an introductory undergraduate textbook in energy and environment for students with very little mathematics or science background. It can also be used by anyone interested in technical, political, environmental, and economical issues related to energy. To make the text appropriate for engineering and science students, additional topics are included within information boxes placed throughout the book, and in the appendices. Examples requiring algebra are indicated in a similar manner. Depending on the audience, instructors can decide to eliminate all or part of this material without loss of continuity. Each chapter in Energy and the Environment stands alone, and the text can be taught in any order that the instructor deems suitable. Widely different curricula can therefore be designed and tailored for any audience simply by focusing on the appropriate sections from the appropriate chapters. For example, an environmental engineering course might include the summaries of various energy sources types, with an emphasis on air pollution, radiation, and environmental economics. A science curriculum might alternately emphasize the various technological sections and incorporate some of the engineering designs. This book is now available and can be purchased at http://vervepublishers.com. You may also order a free examination copy if you are considering adopting the Energy and the Environment for your classes. I would be most pleased to receive comments and thank you for your time!