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Dynamics Of Flexible Solar Updraft Towers

  • Author / Creator
    Chi, Michael
  • Solar updraft towers offers a simple and alternative method of generating electricity. However, it is unclear on how to build a tall, free standing structure that can withstand the unpredictable and destructive force of the wind. A tower consisting of stacked inflatable toroidal elements have been suggested and the dynamics of the tower will be analyzed. Using Lagrangian reduction by symmetry, the theory for the 3D motion for the tower is developed. By confining the motion to two-dimensions, numerical simulations are performed to study the tower's stability and is compared with the data collected from a experimental prototype showing good agreement with theoretical results.

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  • Graduation date
    2014-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3HX0T
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
  • Specialization
    • Applied Mathematics
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Putkaradze,Vakhtang (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Minev, Peter (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences)
    • Melnikov, Alexander (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences)
    • Swaters, Gordon (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences)
    • Putkaradze,Vakhtang (Mathematical and Statistical Sciences)