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Currently on the market for personal air conditioners, not much exists. The most common device uses a sponge that is saturated with water and fan that draws the hot air across the sponge, cooling it, and then blows the air onto the user. These devices are limited in areas with high humidity. Another device is being developed at MIT that uses thermoelectrics on a person's wrist, to cool down their body with a controlled rate and time that it is active.
Our project is to develop a prototype that can ideally both heat and cool the user. It should be cost-effective, small, lightweight, and have enough temperature differential to keep the user comfortable.

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Project Name
Mini-Air
Project Number
P15441
Project Family
project family (if relevant)
Start Term
2145
End Term
2151
Faculty Guide
Gary Werth
Primary Customer
Rick Rubin
Sponsor (financial support)
Richard Kahn

Team Members

P15441 Team (From left to right: Usama, Nate, Alex, Dan, Josh)

P15441 Team (From left to right: Usama, Nate, Alex, Dan, Josh)

Member Role Contact
Nathan Serfass Mechanical Design Lead ncs4180@rit.edu
Josh Erbland Project Lead jae9306@rit.edu
Usama Haq Voice of the Customer uxh5152@rit.edu
Daniel Probst Electrical Design Lead drp7183@rit.edu
Alex Cornell Mechanical Drafter atc6599@rit.edu

Deliverables

Requirements and Definition Test Analysis Documentation Project Mgmt Academic

Project Readiness Package
Customer Requirements
Engineering Requirements

Test Results
Performance vs. Requirements
Test Plans and Data

MSD I Electrical Analysis
MSD I Mechanical Analysis
ANSYS Documents

BOM
PCB Documents
Drawing PDFs
Process Sheets
Technical Paper
Poster
Copyright Release

Risk Mgmt
Problem Tracking
Project Plan
Project & Prototype Cost
Norms and Values

Lessons Learned
MSD Feedback
Final Gate Review Notes

Table of Contents

MSD I MSD II

Problem Definition
Systems Design
Sub-Systems Design
Detailed Design

Build, Test, Document
Publications & Presentations

Acknowledgements

Our team would like to thank Gary Werth for his contributions in guiding our team to success and our sponsors Rick Rubin and Richard Kahn.

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