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 Originally Posted by freebeard I'm gathering parts for a 1Kw gravity vortex watermill. I've got a washing machine motor, a housing made from parts (a dog kennel and a ventilator!) and two outboard motor propellers to choose from (3-blade metal and 6-blade plastic). All I need now is a shaft to connect the propeller to the motor/generator and an optional extension tube that necks down from 14" to ~7". Do you think it would be better to square the tips of the blades and put it in a duct, or leave the tips and put it below the end of the duct?
I don't know what I found humorous about your post as I haven't been drinking or anything, just didn't expect it.

I'm picturing something like the below.

Gravitation water vortex power plant

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravit...ex_power_plant

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 The gravitation water vortex power plant is a type of micro hydro vortex turbine system which is capable of converting energy in a moving fluid to rotational energy using a low hydraulic head of 0.7–3 metres (2 ft 4 in–9 ft 10 in). The technology is based on a round basin with a central drain. Above the drain the water forms a stable line vortex which drives a water turbine. It was first patented by Greek-Australian Lawyer & Inventor Paul Kouris in 1996[1], who was searching for a way to harness the power inherent in a vortex.[dubious – discuss] Later, Austrian Inventor Franz Zotlöterer created a similar turbine while attempting to find a way to aerate water without an external power source.[2]
My guess is that ducted systems are more efficient.

Ducted fan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ducted_fan
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 A ducted fan is a propulsion arrangement whereby a mechanical fan, which is a type of propeller, is mounted within a cylindrical shroud or duct. The duct reduces losses in thrust from the tips of the props, and varying the cross-section of the duct allows the designer to advantageously affect the velocity and pressure of the airflow according to Bernoulli's principle. Ducted fan propulsion is used in aircraft, airships, airboats,[dubious – discuss] hovercraft and fan packs.[1] Ducted fans normally have more and shorter blades than conventional propellers and thus can operate at higher rotational speeds.[dubious – discuss]

Pump-jet
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pump-jet

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 A pump-jet, hydrojet, or water jet is a marine system that creates a jet of water for propulsion. The mechanical arrangement may be a ducted propeller (axial-flow pump), a centrifugal pump, or a mixed flow pump which is a combination of both centrifugal and axial designs. The design also incorporates an intake to provide water to the pump and a nozzle to direct the flow of water out of the pump.[1]
Energy is going to squirt out the ends of the blade tips (right angles?) and will not be contained in the system if there is no containment duct. A bad thing in my opinion.

I'm just making this up as I go along, if anyone has direct experience please chime in. I've only messed with my hovercraft duct before.

EDIT: This looks to be pre-duct, not post duct or in-duct.

http://www.zotloeterer.com/welcome/g...-power-plants/
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 08-25-2018, 09:31 AM #72 (permalink) Somewhat crazed     Join Date: Sep 2013 Location: 1826 miles WSW of Normal Posts: 4,121 Thanks: 476 Thanked 1,127 Times in 993 Posts I have messed with ducted fans before, and didn't notice an efficiency by squaring off the blades. Might be more efficient by leaving them full length, like high aspect ratio aircraft wings. Also On wind turbines, there is a trend towards longer not wider blades. This is moot if your props are typical boat wide blade ones. My experience is in aircraft. Actually your reference points towards a flat paddle set up like the motor in a die grinder __________________ casual notes from the underground:There are some "experts" out there that in reality don't have a clue as to what they are doing.
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 Originally Posted by kach22i I don't know what I found humorous about your post as I haven't been drinking or anything, just didn't expect it.
Probably the idea of me doing anything other than typing comments .

This is the basis of it, turned upside down. I have friends that live upriver who have a year-round stream on their 100-year farm. I cut the hole in the top of the igloo before I found the propellers. I don't know if they're sized correctly for the motor/generator. I'll probably go to https://www.greenpowertalk.org for the math.

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 Originally Posted by freebeard I have friends that live upriver who have a year-round stream on their 100-year farm.
I once read that the whole of the UK's electric power needs could be covered by harvesting the power of small streams & brooks ...
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 08-25-2018, 01:24 PM #75 (permalink) Master EcoModder     Join Date: Aug 2012 Location: northwest of normal Posts: 27,850 Thanks: 7,815 Thanked 8,634 Times in 7,112 Posts Probably true. This won't even cover their needs. It would be a test installation to access the flow year-round. __________________ . .Without freedom of speech we wouldn't know who all the idiots are. -- anonymous poster ____________________ . .Moore’s Law suggests that good things come to those who wait. Wright’s Law says that good things come to those who act.
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 Originally Posted by elhigh The gravitation vortex thing looks like someone is trying to reinvent the Francis turbine and give it a different name.
A sectional representation of the Francis in this video:

A 3D examination, some of terms were new to me.

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 08-26-2018, 12:01 PM #78 (permalink) Master EcoModder     Join Date: Aug 2012 Location: northwest of normal Posts: 27,850 Thanks: 7,815 Thanked 8,634 Times in 7,112 Posts My proposal most closely matches the 'gravitation water vortex' in Permalink #71. It is axial flow while the Francis turbine is centrifugal flow. What they do have in common is that the mechanical parts are completely above the flow of water. I'm thinking about a pipe and shaft that is 4-6ft long, to gain from potential energy as well as the torque from rotating water column. That may not work because of added skin friction. At 1hp it'd be a glorified water flow meter. __________________ . .Without freedom of speech we wouldn't know who all the idiots are. -- anonymous poster ____________________ . .Moore’s Law suggests that good things come to those who wait. Wright’s Law says that good things come to those who act.
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 Originally Posted by freebeard My proposal most closely matches the 'gravitation water vortex' in Permalink #71. It is axial flow while the Francis turbine is centrifugal flow...............
Yes, and as I understand it axial flow is normally more efficient.

At least was the case for the early British jet engines of Frank Whittle (that did not use axial flow).

Go to about the middle of the page, I know this is apples to oranges comparison, but it's the best I can do for now.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_jet_engine
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 British aircraft engine designer, Frank Halford, working from Whittle's ideas, developed a "straight through" version of the centrifugal jet; his design became the de Havilland Goblin. One problem with both of these early designs, which are called centrifugal-flow engines, was that the compressor worked by accelerating air outward from the central intake to the outer periphery of the engine, where the air was then compressed by a divergent duct set-up, converting its velocity into pressure.
It's the inherent redirecting energy at right angles that lowers the efficiency of centrifugal designs I do believe.

Some can argue that it's a trade off between velocity and pressure, but with water I don't think that's the case, as water is not compressible.
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 I know this is apples to oranges comparison, but it's the best I can do for now.
This isn't rocket science, just parts I pick up at the recyclers. I have an 18" diameter squirrel-cage fan with bronze bushings. At the bottom of a standpipe, it might be fit for purpose.

I could extend the downpipe and prop-shaft up to 6-8ft, I'm not sure the extra length would help or not. The skin friction might act against the rotation of the water column.

[can't find an aerodynamic oddity pic, posting anyway]

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