Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

Large hydro-power extraction systems such as hydroelectric dams can be very expensive to construct and maintain, and have negatives impacts on the environment. An alternative, less intrusive hydro-power extraction system extraction based on the vortex-induced vibration phenomenon is a viable solution to the problem. Vortex induced vibrations are motions induced on bodies as a result of periodic irregularities in the downstream flow separation. This project seeks to maximize vortex induced vibrations to efficiently convert flow energy into mechanical energy. A power generation system based on vortex-induced vibrations requires relatively little infrastructure. This allows the system to be placed in areas of low-velocity flow such as rivers and tidal streams.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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