Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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