Mathisen, Paul P.
The goal of this project was to design a vertical axis wind turbine for urban use. Throughout this project, wind velocities were monitoring using anemometers located on buildings at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Using the analyses of wind velocities in this urban location and evaluations of different turbine types with respect to these wind characteristics, it was determined that a new type of turbine should be created. It was determined that a turbine that incorporated both lift and drag would be beneficial. The design of this turbine included airfoils along with a shroud for protection and increased wind velocities. The overall design was created, manufactured, and tested.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Civil and Environmental Engineering