Iowa student makes case for larger wind turbines
Iowa State University researchers run tests on concrete used to build towers for wind turbines. Most towers are built from prefabricated steel and limited to about 260 feet. Taller towers would allow for longer blades.
Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 12:00 am
Grant Schmitz can't remember exactly what triggered his interest in engineering. But it might have been family vacations to Colorado as a child.
Schmitz, now 24, can remember traveling there from his home in Audubon, Iowa, in the late 1990s and walking over the Royal Gorge Bridge. He was fascinated with how one of the world's highest suspension bridges, at more than 950 feet above ground, could safely span the gorge.
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