Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

As part of a lab corresponding with my class in Fluid Dynamics, I built a MATLAB model, performed SolidWorks simulations and built a 13' diameter vertical axis wind turbine. The goal of this project was to build a turbine to generate the maximum electrical energy possible when connected to a DC motor, while being pushed down a 70m hallway. My team (Jay Fleischer, Liam Gallagher and I) had the highest power output (13.3W) out of 25 competing teams. 

This 3 week project proved to be a rigorous exercise in rapidly prototyping miniature models, verifying numerical models with experimental data, and scaling prototypes into functioning, full-scale mechanisms using dimensionless analysis.

Full Scale Turbine
Full Scale Turbine

Our completed turbine, mounted on a DC motor on a wheeled platform for testing day

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SolidWorks Flow Simulation
SolidWorks Flow Simulation

We conducted simulations on the three proposed turbine geometries to identify max torques, pressure gradients, chatter at certain points of turbine revolution

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Motor Output Optimization
Motor Output Optimization

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Full Scale Turbine
Full Scale Turbine

Our completed turbine, mounted on a DC motor on a wheeled platform for testing day

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