Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

Renewable energy is a topic that is constantly discussed in the scientific world, for many of the energy sources that are used daily are in short supply. As the ocean makes up 70% of the Earth, wave energy as a renewable source is an option that could potentially bring a large amount of energy to the grid. In order to address this, many current wave-capturing mechanisms were researched to determine the most ideal project for college students to develop further. A device and test tank were constructed and results were obtained on a smaller scale of what the device would encounter in open deep-water ocean. With a scaled down model, the device captured 13.4 L of water over 60 waves, resulting in 0.34 kW/m of power for the scaled-up model. These results compare to similar devices in this way.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2015

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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