Faculty Advisor

Burnham, Nancy A.

Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.

Abstract

Surface Undersea Kites (SUSK) is a concept for extracting energy from tidal flows. Existing work in Airborne Wind Energy and Tethered Undersea Kites has shown tethered kites to be a viable renewable energy technology in air and water currents. SUSK employs a tethered boat with a submerged, vertical wing rather than a fully submerged kite to eliminate underwater tether drag. A scale-model SUSK system has been designed and constructed using mainly 3D printed components. Dynamic simulations of the system have also been developed to obtain power estimates for the scale-model and full-size SUSK systems. The scale-model system was tested in a large water flume, and its performance was comparable to that predicted by the dynamic simulations. Recommendations are made to improve the SUSK design.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017

Major

Physics

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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