Faculty Advisor

Stafford, Kenneth A.

Abstract

This project sought to create an autonomous sail for use on a 6.6ft hull to be entered in the two meter class of the 2017 SailBot competition. An innovative alternative to the standard cloth sail was sought to allow for greater lift forces than that of a standard sail.To solve this problem, a robotic automated wingsail was developed based on the existing design of the Greenbird sail-car. The sail is composed of two wings, the main wing and the trim tab. The trim tab alters the angle of attack of the main wing to produce maximum or minimum lift or drag. The final sail design is adaptable to various sailing vessels, allowing it to serve a purpose beyond the SailBot competition.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2017

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Robotics Engineering

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