Wave Generator Design and Fabrication for Fluid-Structure Interactions Laboratory

Project name Wave Generator
Project Title Wave Generator Design and Fabrication for Fluid-Structure Interactions Laboratory
Abstract The Wave Generator Group has been tasked to design and fabricate a wave generator for the Fluid-Structure Interactions (FSI) Lab. This wave generator will be used to create waves of different frequencies and amplitudes to mimic the movement of the ocean. At the moment the FSI lab has a water tunnel that creates a current and a wind tunnel. These two aspects create a realistic environment for the small-scale offshore platforms that the lab conducts experiments on but the addition of waves would make the most realistic small-scale environment possible. The wave generator that has been created fits in the water tunnel, above the water line and has a drive shaft that is above the water tunnel and is connected to the motor on a truss system on the side of the tunnel. The entire system is controlled by an electrical box that was created by the 2020-2021 Senior Design Team. This team had to create a one-of-kind system to be able to create waves in this unique lab setup. This team was create multiple design ideas before coming to the final decision and through many tests and changes, the team was able to create a product for the FSI Lab that is able to create waves for testing purposes.
Faculty advisor Dr. Banafsheh Seyed-Aghazadeh
Sponsor Dr. Banafsheh Seyed-Aghazadeh
Team lead Keira Ahern
Team Members Christopher Brosch, Sean Mackay, Christopher Stangarone, Griffin Wiencek
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Website https://kahern12.wixsite.com/fsiwavegenerator

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