This project involves the design of a novel coreless hydrokinetic turbine. The goal was to develop a power plant that can harvest energy from a river or tidal basin to meet the energy needs of remote areas. The turbine was designed as a rotating tube with blades extending inwards in contrast with a traditional windmill-like design. This turbine is enclosed in an outer casing, similar to that of a jet engine, and drives three generators. Performance optimization was conducted through simulations using ANSYS Fluent, MATLAB, and XFOIL. An operational small-scale prototype was built for concept demonstration through physical water tunnel tests. The deliverables include design specifications for a hydrokinetic power plant capable of producing enough electricity to sustain remote communities.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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