P16486: Test Rig to Characterize Biochar Housing Materials
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Build & Test Prep

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Team Vision for Build & Test Prep Phase

All of the crucial design components are set and a full understanding of how they interrelate is known, but we believe the design elements that are not crucial are better to leave flexible since we are beginning with a predefined structure, i.e. the ETC, and the design process cannot be faultless. For this reason some of the design parameters are left with a range rather than an exact value. As we begin to construct the test chamber the final dimensions will be revealed. For now we have sufficient documentation to move forward with the MSD II manufacturing process.
We planned to review everything we did last semester, to bring us up to speed with what we have to accomplish in the coming weeks to put us in great position for the remainder of the semester. We also planned to review our part orders we have made, and have them shipped so we can begin initial tests.
We accomplished initial tests for the electrical components, and we are set to begin initial tests for the mechanical components by mid next week. The mechanical components are still in transit and should be received by the end of this week.
All major component ordered have been completed, and we see ourselves in great position having all initial tests completed going into Phase 2.

Test Plan Summary

As the parts ordered start to be delivered next week, the team will begin testing of the subsystem components individually and then, eventually, all together.
Access and verify 12V power supply built into ETC. (If it is not stable, order an AC/DC converter)

The test plan summarizes which components will be tested and when, as well as a projection of when the overall system will be tested.

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P16486 Test Plan

P16486 Test Plan

Electrical Component Verification

Humidity Sensor Test

Humidity Sensor Test


Temperature Sensor Test

Temperature Sensor Test


SS Relay Test

SS Relay Test

Updated Draw Design

Overall Drawer

Overall Drawer

Drawer Section Cut

Drawer Section Cut

Risk and Problem Tracking

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P16486 Risk Management

P16486 Risk Management

Plans for next phase

Week 5:
EE
That the microcontroller (MSP) can be initialized, read the sensors and write to the display the raw values on the LCD screen.

ME
- Individual testing and subsystems communication
Eg. Thermal sensors, UI
Eg. Does humidifier/heater react with sensors and inputs
- ASTM thermal conductivity test done.

IE
The molds should be done. Machine aluminum rod.

Week 8:
If week 5 goes as planned, then by week 8, we should be running test sequences, and ironing out bugs and finding anomalies.


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