Thesis (Open Access)
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Tianbao Xie (Thesis Advisor) Joelle Murray & Bill Mackie (Committee Members)
Applied Mechanics | Civil Engineering | Energy Systems | Engineering Physics | Physics | Structural Engineering
As Earth`s expendable resources dwindle, the need for alternative, renewable energy sources grows. Out of this need, an old favorite source is rising in popularity: small water turbines. Water-driven turbines first began as a means for turning mills and eventually evolved into massive dams that can power whole regions. This project focused on the construction of, and testing the properties of, a small pico-hydro power turbine. By using compressed air to drive the turbine, a representation of the peak power output was measured, serving as a basis for determining the value of pico-power systems in regards to the world`s current energy production.
Carleson, Matthew, "Power Maximization of a Three-Phase Hydrokinetic Turbine" (2015). Senior Theses. Paper 15.