Table of Contents
This page details the system-level concepts we selected as well as the process and reasoning we used to make our decisions.
The Functional Decomposition is a tool we used to break the system down into several subsystems and subsequently break these subsystems down into specific functions. By doing this, we were able to create a comprehensive list of functions for which we could brainstorm potential solutions.
Click the link below to download our Functional Decomposition.
In order to take full advantage of solutions that already exist, we researched methods for controlling the flow of granular particles. Click the link below for a summary of our findings.
Concept DevelopmentThis includes three phases:
- Concept Generation
- Concept Improvement
- Concept Selection
Below is the Morphological Chart we created to help us determine which concepts were more viable.
Click the link below to view more of our Concept Selection process.
Click the link below to see the Pugh matrices we created during the Concept Improvement phase.
Below are the concepts we selected at the end of the Systems Design phase.
For more information about our selected concepts, click the link below.
The Systems Architecture is a tool we used to visually demonstrate how our proposed design will look and how our subsystems will interact with one another. Click the links below to see the block diagrams and renderings we have developed.
In order to determine if several of our concepts were feasible, we performed several engineering analyses. Click the link below to see our process and results.
In order to ensure that we have met all of our engineering requirements at the end of MSD, we needed to devise a plan for testing our device and comparing the results to the metrics we have set. Click the link below to see a summary of our test plan.
In an attempt to anticipate and properly react to potential issues that we will encounter throughout the course of MSD, we have prepared and will continue to add to the following Risk Assessment:
Click the link below to download our Risk Assessment.
Phase II References
Click the link below to see a list of the sources we referenced for our work during the Systems Design phase.