Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

The goal of this project was to improve on and simplify an existing design of a device that generates electrical power from the flow of water. The device was previously a series of fins that were driven by water flowing past, which in turn drives a shaft that supplies rotational energy to a generator that produces electricity. The team hoped to accomplish this by improving fin design and material selection. A new fin and a crankshaft were designed, and it was found that a crankshaft made of acrylic is not feasible to manufacture on WPI's campus due to tolerancing constraints. Also, a fin constructed of 1/4" of neoprene was far too heavy to turn a crank or camshaft with the applied force of the water.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2016

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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