Savilonis, Brian James
The goal of this project was to create a microturbine capable of charging small electronic devices, constructed using materials readily available in off-grid locations, such as developing countries or areas recently affected by natural disasters. The design focused on minimizing machining by modifying off the shelf products to create turbine components. A full-scale prototype was constructed and field-tested to determine its performance characteristics under an electric load at various wind speeds. Testing showed that with a resistive load of 20 Ohms the turbine has a maximum system efficiency of 13 percent and produced a maximum power of 4 Watts in 6 m/s of wind. With the proper charging circuit the turbine could be adapted to charge small electronic devices such as cell phones.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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