Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.


The goals of this project were to continue the development of the existing WPI kite-powered water pump and to design, build, and test a new concept for low-cost water pumps for underdeveloped nations. To accomplish the first goal, testing and modification of kite depowering methods of the existing system were conducted in an effort to create a consistent periodic pumping motion for the rocking arm. The second goal involved creating a new system consisting of a rotating spool constructed from a bicycle wheel connected to a rotary windmill water pump. The rotary spool system was designed to achieve sufficient torque to turn the windmill water pump. Further field testing is needed to determine which design concept is the best option for providing water to developing nations.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering