Faculty Advisor

Emanuel, Alexander E.

Faculty Advisor

Planchard, David Clifton

Abstract

The goal of the project was to design and manufacture a scalable, liquid current power generator capable of harnessing energy contained in ocean currents for electrical applications. The project team utilized a coreless, direct drive, three phase axial-flux alternator driven by a pair of three-blade, diametrical flow Gorlov turbines. To develop the design, the group used several software including SolidWorks and MATLAB. The group manufactured the machine using several resources, including MakerBot 3D printers, Haas CNC machines, and traditional machine tools. To test the machine, the group first analyzed the machine’s power output at various speeds in a lab environment. Then, the device was tested in rowing tanks to effectively simulate the device in a submerged current flow scenario.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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