I joined the group a few days ago, and have spent some time reading
the entire message base, as well as looking at the files and links
sections and reading much of that as well.
My first time around with wind power etc., most discussions were on
either rebuilding old Windchargers and Jacobs mills, or how to
rewire a car alternator for wind use. I was away from things for
several years, and now am delighted to see all the interest in
building axial flux alternators.
One question to start with. I had an idea to build up a small test
unit using a bicycle rim and a sectional fixed stator. I can see
application either in a stationary bicycle unit for running a tv, or
as part of a cheap ducted fan unit with either a chalk wheel fan, or
more conventional 3 or 5 bladed prop arrangement.
I am putting a quick diagram in the files area. (Axial Flux Bike
Take a look at it and see if it holds water. My concern is would
there be problems with the bike rim taking the place of dual
independent rotors? Since the rotors are connected by the shaft I
don't think so, but I would value other more experienced builders
input before I spend time and money to find out the hard way.
I can't see why the stator would have to be all in one piece, as
long as the coils are in the right place in relation to the passage
of the magnets, since all the wiring connections are made external
to the body of the stator.
In sunny, if not windy Clearwater, Florida