Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James


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.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2016


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering