Burnham, Nancy A.
Olinger, David J.
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.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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