Integrated System Build & Test
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Team Vision for Integrated System Build & Test Phase
The goal for the Integrated System Build & Test is to assemble all the systems and test functionality. The blades have to interact with the magnetic couples to spin the motor. The blade RPM is found for three blade iterations. More motor research is conducted to ensure the desired output. The housing parts are machined using CNC.
Two iterations of the blades are manufactured by 3D printing. The designs vary in width. The entire system is assembled. The blades are connected to the outer magnetic couple plate, and the second magnetic couple plate is glued to the motor. All of the housing components are assembled and the motor is placed inside the housing.
Test Results SummaryThe blade design used successfully spins the generator and allows the system to generate power. The system passes all waterproof testing. The electrical output requires a higher RPM than what was tested at.
Blade OptionsBlade variations are designed to understand how the blade interacts with the flow of water.
Housing and WaterproofingFirst water proof testing is a success. The gasket is assembled and submerged in water. No water leaked through the connection. In Pool Waterproof Testing (Video).
Electrical OutputThe generator is tested by being spun by another motor. The generator is tested with a capacitor and without a capacitor to see the differenct involtage peak-to-peak.
Risk and Problem Tracking
- One problem encountered was the blade hub connection to the bearing was only secured with hot glue. This connection could not withstand the force and the weight of the water. This was fixed by using a plastic bonder epoxy.
- Another problem, which was identified as a risk in the beginning, is not getting the correct output voltage.
Functional Demo Materials
- First System Validation (Video)
- In Pool Waterproof Testing (Video)
- RPM Testing (Video)
- Outside Testing (Video)