Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2018

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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