Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J


The goal was to design and build a dynamometer for the WPI kite system that was previously built in 2006. The WPI Kite System harnesses wind power using a large kite to produce electricity. Kite power has certain advantages compared to wind turbines in producing electricity including low cost and relatively small space required to operate. The system has lot of potential since the kite reaches high altitudes where the wind speed is higher. The WPI Kite System was designed to convert the oscillating tether tension caused by the vertical motion of a kite into rotary shaft motion to drive at generator in order to produce electricity. The designed dynamometer was designed for the system to apply a load. The dynamometer will be manually operated and free weights will be used as the load.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2010


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering