P13651: Wax Melter

Detailed Design

Table of Contents

Prototyping, Engineering Analysis, Simulation

Wax Melting Experiment: An experiment was run to determine the heat required to melt 50 gallons of wax per hour, as specified by the customer requirements. The experiment was carried for all three waxes provided by the customer, and the worst time determined the heating requirements.

Experiment Report of Results

Experiment Data and Calculations

Chute Angle Testing: A test was done to determine the appropriate chute angle required to allow wax to transport from the hopper to the melting tank. The experiment was carried out with particle board to-scale models of the chute. Two hopper openings were tested: square and circular opening. And three chute angles were tested: 30, 45, and 70 degrees

Testing Report

Drawings, Schematics, Flow Charts, Simulations

Final Design

Finalized Design Drawing Package

Electrical Subsystem

Control logic



Electrical Subsystem Block Diagram


Bill of Material (BOM)


MSD II Finalized Bill of Materials

Test Plans

Preliminary Test Plan to be updated as the build progresses

Risk Assessment

MSD I Risk Assessment

MSD II Risk Assessment

Detailed Design Review

Detailed Design Review Presentation

Scaled Back Design

The project was scaled back upon customer request to focus primarily on wax conditioning. Thus, the hopper and chute removed from the design. Below is the design for construction in Senior Design II.


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