Physics of Energy Kiting

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Dec. 12, 2019, post by Dave Santos
Advancing Physics of AWE

Two hundred years ago, Carnot set Thermodynamics up as a science, and Etzler conceived of AWE powering civilization, in The Paradise Within Reach [p.13]. Since then, AWE Physics is conventionally presented by basic power calculations, under Newtonian-Laplacian equations of motion.

A major crack in the classical physics of kites was [Harm van Veen, '97], that identified formal Chaos in kite flight. Lately the fundamental physics of AWE is gathering more interest. Physics World cites RolandS “liken(ing) the “pumping” (AWES) process to the thermodynamic cycle of a reciprocating engine”.

This topic is to explore advancing physics understanding of kites, from Thermodynamics to Control Theory, and even to Quantum Analogue interpretations. A good starting place is Gibbs Zero-Point Energy and Free-Energy of AWES, Debye Temperature (of UHMWPE), Planck’s Constant, and early Aerodynamics and Cybernetics; proceeding to what ultimate physics paradigms may describe AWES in future perfected forms.

"–It may be done in the usual manner of wind mills, but with great advantage in a different way contrived by me, so that every square mile may be surrounded by a continued line of surfaces or sails to the height of 200 feet, moveable around an axis, and occupying not one-tenth of the ground with all their machineries."  Etzler