Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J


The goal of this project was to design & implement a data acquisition system for a kite power system. To determine the power output of this system, torque of the flywheel, angular velocity of the shafts, angle of inclination of the lever arm, & force of the kite on the arm was measured. Four respective sensor instruments were purchased & configured for the system. The sensor outputs were processed using a data acquisition board that was used with LabVIEW to record measurements. The instantaneous power was determined from the data. To increase power, a second power system was created to use both ascending and descending motions of the rocking arm. All components & subcomponents were lab tested. The results of this project give further evidence to the credibility of the kite power concept.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009


Mechanical Engineering


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering