Faculty Advisor

Bergstrom, Torbjorn Stansen


This MQP designed, manufactured, and tested a proof of concept prototype of a hydrokinetic power generator that functions in slow, low flowing water. This generator was created with the intent that it would be efficient, portable, and could charge small electronics. We decided to design a five-bladed horizontal turbine that could be submerged in 0.25-1.25 inches of water. We manufactured our turbine and other components of the prototype were 3D printed. The device was tested and although it did not function fully due to using the incorrect generator, we were able to gather enough data to calculate theoretical voltage outputs given a proper generator. We were able to calculate that we could achieve 5 volts with a water velocity of 6.0596 ft/s.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2018


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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