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I think turbines can be made more energy-efficient by
making the foils:
1) adaptive -- so that they gradually fade in density and
resillience but maintain the strength to not fold back on
themselves -- to overcome the flutter problem,
2) undulatory -- so that the energy that is stored in
vortical wing-tip whorls can be reused by a fish-tail-like
whipping motion which will be supplied by a rudimentary
ability to store and release energy -- created by modular
and 3) modularly networked -- so that each bit of the
material that the adaptive foil is made out of is attached to
each other bit but allows for expansion and also translates
this expansion into energy -- so maybe each module would
be magnetically suspended and the change in magnetic
force could be translated into electricity.
||Turbine blades are a fascination of my former materials science prof. The great difficulty with them was to prevent them from stretching out under high heat and rpms, if I recall.