Faculty Advisor

Guceri, Selcuk

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2019

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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