Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

Many energy sources used daily are in short supply. As the ocean makes up 70% of the Earth, wave energy is an option that could produce a large amount of power. Various wave-capturing devices were researched and analyzed. A new device was designed and manufactured while a wave tank was constructed to test the power output of the device. By simulating deep water waves, the power produced by the prototype yielded about 0.010W. Using Froude scaling ratios, a scaled-up model would produce about 254 W/ft of wave front. This power output compares to similar devices at about 133 W/ft; however the overall size of the new device is smaller than the massive scale of competing products. The proposed design defines a space-efficient model for producing sustainable energy from wave power.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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