Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.

Abstract

This project continued the development of the WPI Rotary Kite Powered Water Pump to be used in developing regions. The water pump operates with Rokkaku kites that extend/retract two tether lines to spin a bike wheel, gear mechanism, and water pump axle. Improvements to the water pump include: design, fabrication, and testing of an on-board Arduino-based system to vary the angle of attack of the kite, implementing a dual kite system for non-manual tether line retraction, and allowing for easier mechanical disassembly of the pump. Field testing was conducted on the new system for the first time, and water pumping rates of 1000 liters/hour were achieved. These pumping rates were much higher than those achieved by a previous WPI kite-powered water pump based on a rocking arm concept.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Humanities and Arts

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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