Faculty Advisor

Evans, Simon

Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J


The goal of this project was to develop a thermoelectric scavenging device for use on a Pratt and Whitney gas turbine engine during static testing. Design requirements include an overall system size of less than 3"x3"x3" and the ability to produce a steady 10V at 300 mA. This project extended previous efforts by a WPI MQP group. Modifications were made to many of the original components to further the goal of creating a more robust assembly. Computer models were created and examined in parallel with experimental results to select optimized configurations and operating conditions. The device successfully converts thermal energy into electricity but at a lower power levels than required by Pratt and Whitney. Suggested solutions are provided to overcome the lack of adequate power generation.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2010


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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