Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

The goal of this project was to find innovative ways to harvest wind energy using phenomena known as vortex shedding and aeroelastic fluttering. We developed two vibrational small-scale wind energy harvesters, employing the use of a bluff body and an airfoil. We compared the theoretical natural and shedding frequencies to determine specifications for the spring constants in each system. Using an electromagnetic transducer, we harvested up to 1 milliwatt of power. We demonstrated the feasibility of our designs and explored the possibilities of scaling the system for use in different applications.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2019

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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