Savilonis, Brian James
Harvesting energy from vortex induced vibrations (VIV) in flowing water has the potential to be a low-impact, low-cost alternative to traditional hydropower methods. This project focused on utilizing piezoelectric transducers to transform the VIV oscillations of a cylinder to electrical power. The final prototype successfully produced 0.1 microwatts, but the erratic flow speed of the water and the project’s small scale prevented consistent power generation.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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