Faculty Advisor

Mathisen, Paul P.

Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.


The project analyzed and designed several types of VAWT blades in order to maximize the efficiency of a shrouded turbine. The project also used a wind simulation software program, WASP, to analyze existing wind data measured on the roofs of various WPI buildings. Scale-model tests were performed in the WPI closed-circuit wind tunnel. An RPM meter and a 12 volt step generator were used to measure turbine rotation speeds and power output at different wind speeds. The project also studied roof mounting systems for turbines that are meant to dissipate vibrations to the roof structure. Turbine vibrations were measured during the wind tunnel tests and in impact tests on a scale-model house. Recommendations were made for future designs of roof-mounted VAWTs.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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