Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

This MQP produced an improved means to design, manufacture, and test the fin-based hydropower generators prototyped by previous WPI MQP teams. The team incorporated CFD and FEA into the design process, constructed a new, more reliable iteration of the cam-driven fin generator, and used a Prony brake dynamometer to measure power and efficiency data. Detailed testing showed thinner, more flexible fins outperform thicker, more rigid fins. The peak power and efficiency attained was 3 Watts and 4.5%, respectively.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2017

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Program

Mechanical Engineering

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