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Michael Bernitsas

Michael Bernitsas

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Mortimer E Cooley Collegiate Professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
Engineering » Naval Arch. & Marine Engineering
Engineering » Mechanical Engineering

Michael Bernitsas invented, designed, and model-tested the VIVACE (Vortex Induced Vibration for Aquatic Clean Energy) Converter. VIVACE is a Marine Hydrokinetic (MHK = ocean/river/current) energy converter based on the idea of enhancing rather than suppressing destructive Flow Induced Vibrations such as VIV and galloping. By enhancing rather than suppressing FIV under high damping, MKH energy can be harnessed rather than mitigated.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

My work contributes directly toward solving the United Nations SDGs listed below. Learn more.

7. Affordable and Clean Energy
14. Life Below Water