Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Professor Mark N Glauser
Professor Frederick J Carranti
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Engineering and Computer Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Sciences and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering | Other Mechanical Engineering
Our group at Syracuse University has been working under Professor Mark Glauser as part of a wind consortium with the University of Minnesota and United Technologies Research Group. Our component of this project will be to develop a system which can be imbedded in an airfoil which can increase the efficiency of the airfoil. Along with developing this “intelligent blade,” we will also be characterizing the affect our control system will have on aerodynamic noise. To accomplish these goals, Syracuse University’s anechoic jet facility was remodeled to incorporate a wind tunnel within which we could run our experiments. Upon the completion of the facility, calibration experiments were performed on the measurement devices which we are using in during our testing of the airfoil. Calibration data was collected from the force balance, upon which the airfoil is mounted, the pressure transducers which are embedded inside the airfoil. Still to be collected are the sound characteristics of our chamber when the facility is running. For the control system which we will be using to improve the airfoils efficiency, we are referencing past work done by Syracuse University Ph. D. students who have developed control systems and algorithms in the past.
Walter, Christopher Paul, "Design and Calibration of a Wind Tunnel Facility for the Study of Active Flow Control on Wind Turbine Blades" (2011). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 257.
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