Faculty Advisor

O'Shaughnessy, James C.

Abstract

Wind power, as a sustainable "green" technology, is becoming a larger component of electrical power generation. Research into various configurations of wind turbines has led to the desire to explore the potential benefits of a vertical-axis wind turbine, or VAWT. The product development process for a low-cost, roof-mounted wind turbine for residential installations requires the design and analysis of a model turbine and a funneling enclosure, as well as determining how the behavior of the model is expected to change once a full-scale prototype is developed. An operational overview of the entire power generation system is also explored, outlining how the electrical power is transferred from the turbine to the consumer.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2012

Major

Civil Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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