Date

2013

Degree Name

BS in Mechanical Engineering

Department

Mechanical Engineering Department

Advisor(s)

Thomas Mackin

Abstract

This projects goal was to design, construct, and test a machine capable of generating a usable amount of energy from naturally flowing water. The device conceived for this purpose is a portable raft with a turbine mounted to the underside. The turbine is mated directly to a low angular velocity generator which outputs to a power electronics system on shore. Using a Gorlov Helical turbine, this proof-of-concept is designed to output ~50 Watts of electricity to charge a battery for later use. Possible applications for this device include camping in remote locations, supplemental power generation for a home, or for powering off-the-grid locations in developing countries.

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