This MQP designed a system to effectively and efficiently harvest energy from jet blast at commercial airports. The system consists of a flap to redirect airflow, a funneled duct that leads to a turbine bank, and a diffuser to allow air to exit the system. Positioned at the end of a runway, it can be stowed under the runway surface to have minimal impact on regular air traffic operations. Both the mechanical system and the flow were modeled.Testing was performed on prototypes for comparison with some aspects of the modeled behavior. If jet blast was captured from all of Logan Airports flights, our system could produce enough energy to power the equivalent of 720 homes annually.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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