P15441: Mini-Air
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Problem Definition

Table of Contents

Files for this page can be found using the Problem Definition Documents directory.

Project Summary

The Mini Air is a lightweight necklace that will keep a person cool during the hottest days. This small, comfortable device will send cool air from a person’s chest to their neck and keep them 10-15 degrees cooler. Conventional air conditioners have been wall mounted, extremely heavy, and have numerous installation steps. The Mini-Air is a simple, rechargeable device that will keep you cool for 6 hours.

The aim of this project is to analyze the current designs of conventional air conditioners and create a smaller, easy to use, energy efficient and cost effective product that will keep the user cool. Final result is a useful prototype that can be manufactured and marketed to help release the ultimate Mini Air. The concluding prototype would be consistent to the customer’s provisional patent and meet necessary federal safety requirements in order to have a successful transition into the marketplace.

Project Goals and Key Deliverables

Below is our work breakdown structure with basic deliverables for each phase of the project in its current condition.

Work Breakdown Structure

Work Breakdown Structure

Customer Requirements (Needs)

Below are the Customer Requirements in their current revision. A link to the Excel document exists below the image.

Customer Requirements

Customer Requirements

Customer Requirements

Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)

Below are the Engineering Requirements in their current revision. A link to the Excel document exists below the image.

Engineering Requirements

Engineering Requirements

Engineering Requirements

Constraints

Current constraints for our project involve the following:

Presentation

Included in the link is Powerpoint presentation from our week 3 review. It summarizes what we have done up until now, and defines the scope at that point. Problem Definition Presentation

Customer Interviews

Date Questions Summary
1/29/15 1/29/15 Interview 1/29/15 Summary
2/17/15 2/17/15 Interview 2/17/15 Summary

Requirement Concerns

The following documents list the concerns with our customer requirements. Some of the information has been pulled out for convenience and is shown below.
Agenda for 2/17/15

This link lists temperature ranges of comfort for different ambient or room temperatures as well as comfort with moving air at those room temperatures. The charts from the site are labelled below.

Comfort Ranges

Comfort Ranges

Comfort with Air Flow

Comfort with Air Flow


This link shows the Climaware scarf and other devices. We plan on using these for benchmarking parameters.

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