Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.

Abstract

This project furthers the design and testing of the WPI kite-powered water-pump system. The purpose is to provide developing nations with an inexpensive airborne wind energy system capable of efficiently and consistently pumping water. After initial field testing in fall 2013, several design modifications were made. These included developing improved kite stall techniques, a mobile trailer system, and designing and building an automated water-pumping volume measurement system. The trailer allows for field testing of a wider range of locations. Modifications were successfully field tested in spring 2014. An existing MATLAB simulation was also modified to model random wind variations.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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