P15484: Solar Assisted Essential Oil Distiller
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Johnathon Wheaton

Table of Contents

BS/ME Industrial Engineering / Engineering Management

Project Management Contribution

Project Plan

The Project Plan was updated weekly with new tasks and progress on current tasks. See Planning & Execution page.

Meeting Plans

Meeting Plans were sent out one day before each meeting to keep meetings on topic, give reminders, and highlight issues or concerns.

Technical Contribution

Engineering Requirements flow-down to sub-systems

Created template for teammates.

Burner Engineering Requirements

Photovoltaic Engineering Requirements

Prototype build

Using cardboard from the packaging science department I assembled a rough prototype of a solar trough.

Lessons Learned

Analysis

Solar Trough: Assessing Tracker Inaccuracies and Parabola Optimization

Propane burner & photovoltaic back-up lab report

Design

Using the optimized parabolic shape, the analytical expertise of Bruno, and construction inspiration from solar trough hobbyist, I designed the trough construction and selected materials for purchasing.

CAD Models & Drawings

Trough

Image

Models

Drawing

Trough Frame

Models

Drawing

Condenser/Drip Feed

Image

Models

Drawing

Collector/Separator

Image

Models

Drawing

Other

Assembly instructions and illustrations for trough (not including receiver assembly steps).