142. experimental demonstration of a sub-scale hydrokinetic turbine

Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Advisor(s): John B. Kosmatka

Primary Student
Name: Spencer Riley Ellis
Email: srellis@ucsd.edu
Phone: 925-890-6656
Grad Year: 2017

Abstract
Parts manufactured using Fusion Deposition modeling (FDM) are by nature transversely isotropic. Adapting design principles that successfully leverage these properties may permit the printing of low-cost and structurally significant components. Material testing was conducted to measure the extent of this anisotropy and establish baseline properties for polylactic acid (PLA) parts printed using a low-cost printer. A prototype turbine has been constructed to assess the viability of a small scale hydro-kinetic generator with FDM-manufactured blades. The design is well suited for scaled operation with a modular design that enables rapid field assembly. The unique open-centered design is based off a grid scale device produced by Oceana Energy Company. Applications for such a system range from permanent installations in remote rural areas or emergency electrification, to powering mobile military encampments

Industry Application Area(s)
Aerospace, Defense, Security | Energy/Clean technology

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