P12461: Aerostatic Flutter Hydro Power


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Mission Statement

The purpose of this project is to develop a device that uses aerostaic flutter to power an electronic device by converting the kinetic energy in small streams to electricity.


In developing countries and rural areas, it is difficult to come by electricity that can be used for applications including, but not limited to, providing light and charging phones. To provide for these people, we must create a power supply that can transform a shallow stream’s flow into a reasonable power source, and is both cheap and easy to install, maintain, and use.


Project Description

The long term goal of this project is to design a cheap and durable water-powered generator that is capable of charging a cell phone from a USB connector and/or providing light. This generator will also be safe for the user as well as the environment. The first phase of this project will primarily focus on being able to generate the amount of power required for our application from a shallow stream flow. This involves not only the proper circuitry, but also the proper aerofoil design. There is a similar product available called the Humdinger. It is a wind-based flutter design. This team will use this product as a benchmark in output and efficiency. Our intention is to increase the efficiency and output of the existing device. Other major goals are The team will be divided into three subgroups all of which will be given different project tasks


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Haiti Stream

Project Name
Waterbelt - Aerostatic Flutter Hydro-Power Generator
Project Number
Project Family
Energy and Sustainable Systems
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Sarah Brownell, sabeie@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Sarah Brownell, sabeie@rit.edu
Sponsor (financial support)
Mark Smith

Team Members



Member Role Contact
Jonathan Seaman Team Leader - Mechanical Engineer jjs7284@rit.edu
Anthony Sigler Team Facilitator - Electrical Engineer ars5702@rit.edu
Chad English Team Secretary - Aerospace/Mechanical Engineer cme7269@rit.edu
William Murphy Jr. Team Treasurer - Electrical Engineer wmm7130@rit.edu

Team Role Definitions

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Planning & Execution

Systems Design

Detailed Design

Project Review

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

Planning & Execution

Detailed Design II

Build, Test, Document

Technical Paper (PDF)

Final Presentation


Project Review