Released under the GIC Framework
A windmill frame is the support tower upon which a wind turbine, its gearbox, and other components (such as turbine vane) are placed in order for the windmill itself to function efficiently and safely. A windmill frame consists of 3-4 legs for stands, support beams that enable the legs to maintain their structure, and a platform upon which the wind turbine, motors, and components are positioned.
The legs must be 1) structurally sound so as not to bend or break under pressure from gusts 2) support the weight of the turbine, vane, and gearbox ; 3) long enough to enable the turbine to capture wind gusts above the ground and transmit adequate energy to power the system.
The cross beams must be 1) the appropriate length needed to fit in between each of the legs; 2) strong enough to support the legs to prevent them from buckling and collapsing the windmill.
The platform must be 1) strong enough to support and securely mount the turbine, vane, and gearbox 2) light enough to be supported by the windmill frame.
Altogether, the legs, support beams for the legs, and windmill platform create the structure of the windmill frame, and each component is critical to successfully mount a windmill in the ground, connect it to an infrastructure system, and enable the windmill to capture enough energy to generate power into its connected infrastructure (such as water pipes, pumps, etc).