Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.

Abstract

The project goal was to design and build a 100:1 scale model of a spar-buoy floating wind turbine. The components were modeled in SolidWorks and printed using ABS plastic. A system of accelerometers, inclinometers, and load cells were implemented for data collection. An anchoring system was developed to aid testing in Alden Laboratories so that the model's response to various wave heights and frequencies could be determined. A preliminary design for incorporating rotating blades to the nacelle is also described.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2011

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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