Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James


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.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering