One of the prerequisites for flygen AWE is a lightweight conductive tether I think, like a lightweight motor is a prerequisite for powered flight, maybe a fairing around a tether is too, or an airfoil shaped tether.
This topic is to explore that, or this idea:
This nice calculator could help:
Do you still remember what formula you used for the conductive wire area and the insulation thickness @aokholm?
This calculator lets the diameter of the dyneema rope determine the number of conductive wires, which I either don’t like, because it multiplies the insulation and jacket weights, or don’t understand.
I would like to be able to use a different design than the calculator uses, though that seems somewhat standard for flygen:
This for example, or something with a separate conductive wire and dyneema rope and a fairing around them:
Questions might be:
What are different transformer options
Could you design a transformer that is better suitable for AWE
How many wind turbines should you put on a wing
How do you calculate cable weights outside of the bounds the calculator allows