Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J

Abstract

The goal of this project was to fabricate 100:1 scale models of tension leg platform and shallow draft barge floating wind turbines, and to perform hydrodynamic tests. This report details the design process for the model turbine components and platform, including revisions and suggestions for improvement. Components were modeled in SolidWorks, then fabricated using a rapid prototyping system or machine tools. Models were tested using sensors to monitor the platform's response to various wave conditions while in towing conditions.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2010

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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