Design and Testing of Power Cycle Concepts for the WPI Kite-Powered Water PumpPublic
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The goal of this MQP was to continue the design and testing of the Rotary WPI Kite-Powered Water Pump using concepts for airborne wind energy systems. An ascending kite pulls on a tether attached to a rotating wheel, gear mechanism, and water pump axle. The kite is retracted to its original altitude using a retraction system. First, we designed a support for the water pump that could be incorporated into the existing A-frame design. We improved the housing for the power spool to allow for a stall spool and brakes. We improved the vertical pump shaft connecting the windmill pump to the underground pump cylinder. Solidworks was used to design all parts and a program was developed to calculate variables within the airborne wind system. The final design was lab and field tested.
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