Build, Test, Document
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Welcome to our Build, Test, Document page!
We will provide all the details about our Solar Powered Essential Oil Distiller from the second half of our Multidisciplinary Senior Design project here.
After our Gate Review in MSD I, we purchased parts and began to build our project. During the build process we tested several subsystems both individually and together while making constant improvements to our system along the way.
We presented our project and poster at Imagine RIT on May 2nd, 2015 in front of hundreds of people.
Finally, we have compiled a full technical report, project poster, and build, assembly, and operating instructions for this project.
Build, Test, and IntegrateCardboard Prototype Lessons Learned and Test Results
Trough Prototype Testing in Haiti
Peter traveled to Borgne, Haiti from January 7th - January 18th 2015 with a team of students and professors from RIT
Outcomes of the Haiti Trip:
- Trough Prototype Testing
- Built a 2 foot long version of our solar trough
- Used our derived equation for the parabola
- 1 inch inner diameter copper pipe with soldered cap on end
- Boiled water in 45 minutes
- Started at 10:30 AM
- Demonstrated proof of concept
- Rough construction gave many sources of error
- Wrinkled mylar reflected solar insolation less effectively
- Cardboard frame was not a perfect parabola
- No greenhouse chamber was used to prevent natural convection around pipe
- A 1 inch ID copper pipe was used instead of a 2 inch ID pipe
- Angle of trough was produced from a protractor and roughly held with cardboard and tape
- Trough was estimated to be pointing true South
Peter found out that the KGPB farmers in Haiti were excited about the concept of distilling oils from vetiver.
Besides testing the trough in Haiti, Peter was able to get a better understanding of the constraints involved with tools, skilled labor, and other resources.
This document details the precise steps taken to manufacture and assembly each component accompanied with pictures and minor problems discovered along the way.
This documents shows the major problems encountered that required brainstorming to identify the best solution.
This document contains the instructions necessary to manufacture each part and sub-assembly.
Test Plans & Test ResultsThe following link to an excel file contains the records of all of the testing that was done. The first page contains the summary of all tests with links to the individual test procedures and outcomes.
The following document compares the initial Engineering Requirements from the beginning of the first phase of MSDI, and the final Engineering Requirements from the end of MSDII. It also shows how many of the engineering requirements were met, and how many fell short.
Assembly InstructionsThis document details the steps that it takes to assembly each sub-assembly and sub-system into the final operational distiller.
User or Operator Instructions/ManualThis document instructs the user on how to operate the distiller to extract oils from vetiver.
Lessons LearnedOver the course of this project, our team has learned a lot of non-technical lessons along the way. These lessons have helped us become a better team and this project has given us the experience we need to be more successful in the future.
Photos and VideosBelow is a link to a document which links to several YouTube videos of the tracker and trough in operation. It also links to our Google Drive folder which has all of our photos and videos from the build and test phase.
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