Next generation wind energy harvesting to power bridge health monitoring systems

dc.contributor.advisorCrawford, Richard H.en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWood, Kristin L.en
dc.creatorZimowski, Krystian Amadeuszen
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-30T18:18:29Zen
dc.date.available2012-07-30T18:18:29Zen
dc.date.issued2012-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2012en
dc.date.updated2012-07-30T18:18:47Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThe research reported in this thesis is part of a project to develop a remote wireless sensing network for monitoring the health of highway bridges. Remote health monitoring that does not require direct human observation has many advantages in terms of cost and increased productivity. However, bridges that cannot be easily connected to the power grid require alternative means of acquiring power. This thesis describes the design of a wind energy harvester to power a particular component in the sensor network, the wireless router. The work discussed in this thesis provides a review of relevant literature and development of a detailed analytical modeling of wind turbine behavior. The analytical model provides key information on sizing generators and choosing appropriate wind turbine dimensions to provide the required amount of power. The analytical model also distinguishes the performance of vertical and horizontal axis wind turbines. The model is verified through design and testing of a first generation prototype and benchmarking of a commercially available turbine. Based on these results, the design of the next generation wind harvesting system is described. A new methodology to design non-destructive attachment systems is also discussed.en
dc.description.departmentMechanical Engineeringen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5150en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5150en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectEnergy harvestingen
dc.subjectWind energyen
dc.subjectSmall scale wind energyen
dc.subjectBridge health monitoringen
dc.subjectDesignen
dc.subjectModelingen
dc.subjectNon-destructive integrationen
dc.titleNext generation wind energy harvesting to power bridge health monitoring systemsen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentMechanical Engineeringen
thesis.degree.disciplineMechanical Engineeringen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science in Engineeringen

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