P11451: Cook Stove Test Methodology


Project Summary Project Information

The practice of cooking with biomass has destroyed the ecosystems of many third world countries. In Haiti specifically, charcoal is used as the primary fuel source for cooking and heating. The continuous use of charcoal for cooking has increased the risks of common and serious diseases for users who have been exposed to biomass smoke and emissions. Also the dependence on charcoal has caused an alarming rate of deforestation as less than 3% of Haitian's forest remains.

To minimize the respiratory diseases and deforestation associated with charcoal use in Haiti, designing and creating a more efficient cookstove was proposed in 2009 as part of Phase I of this project. The mission of P11451 is to build on the work completed during Phase I and continue to develop RIT's capabilities to test cookstoves. The objectives of this specific project are as followed:

1. Create and document standardized test procedures for the test stand. Test methods should quantify a stove's fuel efficiency, cooking performance and emissions.

2. Modify existing test stand from Phase I to deliver repeatable as well as accurate efficiency and emission results.

3. Benchmark the RIT stove against other stoves. By defining test methods and documenting testing procedures relevant to the cooking practices in Haiti, a more efficient cook stove can be designed by RIT.

Finalized Results

Finalized Results

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Project Name
Cook Stove Test Methodology
Project Number
Project Family
Energy and Sustainability
Sustainable Technologies
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Ed Hanzlik
Faculty Consultant
Dr. Rob Stevens
Primary Customer
Dr. Rob Stevens - Surrogate Customer for Haiti
Team Contact Information
Phillip AMSLER
David SAM
Huseyin ZORBA

Team Documents

Planning Concept Level Design System Level Design

Mission Statement

Staffing Requirements

Intellectual Property Considerations

Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure

Team Values and Norms

Manual Test Templates

Modified Water Boil Test
Full Water Boil Test
Cooking Test

Electronic Test Templates

Knowledge Transfer

Identify Customer Needs

Establish Target Specifications

Generate Product Concepts

Set Final Specifications

Test Instructions

Modified Water Boil Test Instructions
Full Water Boil Test Instructions
Controlled Cooking Test Instructions

Required Equations

Testing Equations

Benchmarking Data

Concept Design Review Documents (SD I)

Pre-Read Package
Presentation Slides

Detailed Design Review Documents (SD I)

Pre-Read Package DDR
Presentation Slides DDR

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD I)

Managerial Design Review Slides

Technical Conference Publication (SD II)

Poster Publication (SD II)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD II)

Final Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD II)

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