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Garri Processing Project
The mission of the Garri Processing Project is to provide a faster, more efficient means of producing Garri by either automating some or all of the steps in the process. Garri, a product of the cassava root, requires peeling, grating, drying and frying in its production. Current processing time takes, on average, over 48 hours. The primary goal of this project is to reduce that time as much as possible while still providing an affordable system for the farmers of West Africa.
- Goal and Benefits:
The goal of the project was to design and manufacture a garri processing machine affordable to lower class families in Nigeria. The device would improve upon one or more of the inefficient processes related to the processing of garri.
The expected benefit of the Garri Processing Senior Design Project is to improve the quality of life for approximately 8-million Nigerian families by providing more efficient, economical methods for garri processing.
|Team Member||Discipline||Role||email address|
|Dr. James Taylor||ISE||Faculty Guidefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Alissa Albert||ISE||Team Leader, Benchmark & Product Testingemail@example.com|
|Anne Froustet||ISE||Cost Analysis, Usability Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Coleman Glasgow||ME||Mechanical Designemail@example.com|
|Joey Lawson||ME||Structural Analysisfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Project Planning and Concept Development
Garri is the staple carbohydrate of West African nations. Garri is a fine grain and can be made into breads, crackers and pancakes. Garri is produced from cassava, tuberous roots with thick skin and dense flesh. An average family of six produces approximately 50 kg of garri per month; this quantity requires about 400 cassava roots. Traditional processing includes six steps to achieving the final product of garri: peeling, washing, grating, drying, sifting, and frying. The entire process can take over two days to complete.A brief overview of the Garri Processing Project can be found here: Project Summary
Mechanical and Structural Design
TestingTesting was necessary to determine the success of the selected peeling and grating designs. The time and effort to perform these tasks are the most critical improvements to be measured. Testing methods were designed to identify the strong and weak points of each design and confirm that product specifications are met.
Instructions for assembly and use can be found here:
Senior Design I
A brief overview of the Garri Processing Project can be found here: Project Summary
Senior Design II
The project expense report as well as the bill of materials for each device, peeler and grater, can be found in the attached file. File will open in Microsoft Excel. Budget and Project Expense Report
The team wishes to thank Dr. Taylor, Maggie Masella and Eze Kamanu. The team also would like to thank Dr. Hensel and the Mechanical Engineering Department, for their support and sponsorship and Dave Hathaway, Steve Koscial and Rob Kraynik in the Machine Shop.