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Spirulina is a blue-green algae with nutritional content including protein, micronutrients, zinc, iron, GLA, chlorophyll, phycocyanins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Its high nutritional density makes it a treatment for malnutrition in women, children, and adolescent girls. Currently, Spirulina is grown by small, low-tech farms that sell 80% of what they produce to subsidize Spirulina for the local community due to high production costs. There is a greater demand for Spirulina than what can be currently provided to the local community. Quality is also a concern as contamination, moisture, and nutritional content are not consistent.

The goal of this project is to analyze and improve the current cultivation process so that it can be implemented in the farms in India. Deliverables include a tested prototype, economic analysis of the improved system, confirmation of product quality, and standard operating procedures for implementation. The proposed solution should minimize manual labor, electricity consumption, and maintain or improve Spirulina quality.

If you would like to learn more about the current production process of Spirulina, please see '''Sustainable Approaches to Combat Malnutrition''' by Urs Heierli

Local woman collecting the dry Spirulina

Local woman collecting the dry Spirulina

Children from a large Mumbai slum eating Spirulina chikkies

Children from a large Mumbai slum eating Spirulina chikkies

Project Name
Spirulina Production to combat Malnutrition
Project Number
P16488
Project Family
project family (if relevant)
Start Term
2151
End Term
2155
Faculty Guide
Sarah Brownell (abeie@rit.edu)
Primary Customer :
Sponsor (financial support)
RIT

Final Design

The team's final broom and tank design can be seen below. More information about the designs and the final suggested media composition can be found in the System Verification page.
Final Broom Design

Final Broom Design

Final Baffle Design in a 3x6 meter tank

Final Baffle Design in a 3x6 meter tank

With the final broom and tank design the amount of labor needed to agitate the tank decreased from 12 workers to 4. This means there is a reduction of annual labor cost from 195,840 Rupees for 10 months to 65,280 Rupees. This translates to a reduction of 75.56 Rupees per kg of Spirulina produced. The new media formulation including the Cow Dung Ash would decrease the cost of media by 20%. The current media cost shown in the "Sustainable Approaches to Combat Malnutrition" paper states that the cost of nutrients us 24,000 Rupees for 10 months. This means the reduced cost would be 19,200 Rupees for 10 months.

Team Members

Left to Right: Bethany Davis,Dana Fisk,Joseph Majo,Camila Gomez-Serrano,Jordan Russ

Left to Right: Bethany Davis,Dana Fisk,Joseph Majo,Camila Gomez-Serrano,Jordan Russ

Member Major Role Contact
Joseph Majo Industrial Engineer Project Manager jmm2095@rit.edu
Dana Fisk Mechanical Engineer Technical Coordinator dnf2003@rit.edu
Camila Gomez-Serrano Mechanical Engineer Technical Coordinator cag1729@rit.edu
Jordan Russ Biomedical Engineer Customer Liaison jmr1649@rit.edu
Bethany Davis Industrial Engineer Process Coordinator bld1190@rit.edu

MSD I Table of Contents

Planning & Execution Problem Definition Systems Design Subsystem Design Detailed Design Complete Design

Team Member Roles

Norms & Values

Project Plan

Risk Assessment

Meeting Notes

Peer Reviews

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Team Vision

Project Background

Project Summary

Use Cases

Project Goals

Customer Requirements

Engineering Requirements

House of Quality

Design Review Materials

Team Vision-Design Phase

Functional Decomposition

Benchmarking

Concept Development

Morphological Chart

Concept Selection

Systems Architecture

Feasibility

Designs and Flowcharts

Design Review Materials

Updated Risks

Plans for next phase

Vision for Subsystems-Level Design Phase

Project Background

System Concept Design & Concept Optimization

Proof of Concept (POC)

Test Plans

Risk Assessment

Design Review Materials

Plans for the next phase

Vision for Detailed Design Phase

Project Background

Subsystems Review

Test Plans

Designs and Flowcharts

Risk Assessment

Design Review Materials

Plans for the next phase

Vision for Complete Design Phase

Project Background

Initial Design Process & Documentation

Finalized Design (Prototype) Process & Documentation

Cost Analysis

Meeting with Jeff Lodge

BOM

Risk Assessment

MSD Plan II

Gate Review

Design Review Materials

MSD II Table of Contents

Build & Test Prep Subsystem Build & Test Integrated System Build & Test System Validation System Verification Final Review

Project Plan

Project Updates

Test Plan Summary

Risk and Problem Tracking

Team Vision for Subsystem Build & Test

Subsystems Testing

Updated Test Plans

Other Areas of Focus

Risk and Problem Tracking

Team Vision

Test Results

Risk and Problem Tracking

Team Vision

Project Plan

Test Results Summary

Costing Updates

Imagine RIT and other Deliverables

Risk Assessment and Problem Tracking

Design Review Materials

Plans for next phase

Team Vision

Test Results Summary

Risk and Problem Tracking

Final Project Documentation

Suggestions Moving Forward

Design Review Materials

Acknowledgements


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