Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Swim like a fish: design and testing of a novel hydropower device"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Summer 2010 - DURI
Research area(s):
Mechanical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Fluid Mechanics; Power Generation
Project Description:
This project aims to develop a novel hydropower device for streams and rivers. The device will exploit the concept of vortex shedding, borrowing from natural features exploited by fish. By "swimming" back and forth, it is hoped that this "tethered fish" will generate power that is converted to electricity.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will be in charge of carrying out experiments and helping to build the prototype for testing.
Related Website(s):
None
Desired Qualifications:
Strong GPA; at least one course in fluid mechanics; strong communication skills; good team member.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
40
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
No

Professor in Charge

Name:
Troy, Cary
Deptartment/College:
civil engineering

Student Supervisor

Name:
Cary Troy, Xinyan Deng and Jun Chen
Title:
Assistant Professors

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Jun Chen
Deptartment/College:
Mechanical Engineering
Name:
Xinyan Deng
Deptartment/College:
Mechanical Engineering