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Project SummaryThe RIT MSD team has been chosen to work with Rochester Roots and the Rochester City School District to upgrade an existing high tunnel greenhouse used by several local schools. The current state of the high tunnel is a 24’ x 48’ steel, square-tubed frame with a semi-circular roof. In foul weather and winter months a plastic tarp is used to cover the frame. This is type of covering only creates conditions to allow gardening in 10 months out of the year. The design also lacks storage efficiency and is susceptible to vandalism. Water is sourced using a hose that connects to the school’s tap and is over 250ft from the high tunnel.
The RIT MSD team is to create a solution that allows for year-round growing by the design and implementation of multi-purpose paneling. These panels will also be used to deter any pests or vandals, and will have one or more additional features that enhance the high tunnel. If additional means beyond the panels is needed to maintain year-round growing, any electrical power consumption will be supplied using renewable energy. In addition to the redesigned paneling, the irrigation system will be upgraded to allow for non-commercial water sourcing. Design considerations will need to be made for the following items: utilized and maintained by 3rd-8th graders, the safety risks that are inherently involved with children, the existing structure, and the $1000 prototype budget.
By the delivery dates, the RIT MSD team will have at least three prototype panels with all supporting evidence for their effectiveness, a means to monitor and regulate metrics that are essential to plant life within the high tunnel, and a working irrigation design that will only need implementing.
Customer Requirements (Needs)
|CR1||9||Grow food year round|
|CR2||9||Irrigation system separate from city water source|
|CR3||9||Multi-functional enclosure structure|
|CR4||3||Work area separate from growing area|
|CR5||9||Resistant to vandalism from children (i.e. poking with stick, throwing rocks, body impact)|
|CR6||3||Rapid changer over of enclosure structure by children|
Engineering Requirements (Specifications)
|Number||Source||Specification||Unit of Measure||Marginal Value||Ideal Value||Notes/Comments|
|ER1||CR3||Adaptability of panels||Number of purposes||2||>2|
|ER2||CR1||Air and soil temperatures||Degrees Fahrenheit||40 < T < 100||TBD|
|ER3||CR1||UV Light Needed||Mol/day||15||60||UV spectrum range that is able to pass through structure|
|ER4||CR1||UV Spectrum Transmittance||% of spectrum||70||100||% of total UV light that is able to pass through structure|
|ER5||CR2||Irrigation system: water availabiltiy||gal/day||TBD||TBD||Rain variable may require "emergency" water from school|
|ER6||CR4||Work area implementation||ft^2||96 (12x8)||192 (48x8)|
|ER7||CR5||Stress tolerance of structure||Psi||Tolerable>TBD||Tolerable>TBD||Need stress values from specific vandalism issues (stick, rock, etc.)|
|ER8||CR6||Changeover Time (2 people)||min||60||10||First run times may be longer|
ConstraintsBudget: Prototype Panels $1,000
Project Budget $15,000
Schedule: Completion of feasible design and prototypes by December 2014
Scope: Remain on target for retro-fitting an already existing high tunnel
Quality: Above all ensure extension to 12 month growing season
Key DeliverablesThe design of rigid, side-panels which must have at least one additional use.
The design of an irrigation system to substitute city water when conditions allow.
The means to monitor/regulate internal temperature.