While cars and airplanes grow more complex every year, both started with an inherently stable physical configuration. Let go of the controls of either, and the car will roll to a stop, while an airplane will continue to travel in a straight line.
Computer controls now allow us to create a physical "house of cards" dependent on computers for its stability. But wind turbines, with the 24/7/365 operation in winds that vary in power from a feather touch to the power of racing engines and power plants, have the highest requirement for longevity and inherent stability of any system known.
While a system basing its basic, inherent stability on complexity and computer algorithms, including the idea that this data stream will never fail, is possible nowadays, is it the future? Is it a good idea? Or is inherent physical stability still the best starting point?
--- In AirborneWindEnergy@yahoogroups.com, Robert Copcutt <r@...> wrote:
> Most of us are doing our best to keep our AWES prototypes as simple as
> possible. It keeps costs down but we sacrifice robustness. The blog
> dated January 19, 2012 at the bottom of the page explains this rather
> A quote of the critical paragraph (hope it comes through);