Build & Test Prep
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Team Vision for Build & Test Prep Phase
At the beginning of this phase for this project, the team planned to make various prototypes, refine thermal tests, purchase materials and to test the prototypes for thermal properties.
During this phase.the team accomplished most of their goals. The team purchased materials for different tests as well as for ImagineRIT. An initial business model was developed for our customer at ABVI. Burn tests were performed on different prototypes with various levels of boric acid solution. An initial R value test was performed on prototype one. Research was done to find the most effective bonding agent and to find the most efficient production method for our team.
Test Setup Design
R Value Test
R-Value test setup, where the insulation has not been installed yet. There are thermocouples on the top and bottom of the drywall, in order to determine the overall heat transfer through the system. The foam insulation on the sides is used in the test in order to make the heat transfer in the system as 1-Dimensional as possible.
Placing the insulation prototype into the test setup, such that it is a tight fit, so that is simulates the position as if in a wall.
The third the thermocouple is attached to the bottom of the piece of foam that rest on the insulation, so that the temperature on both sides of the insulation can be measured and then an R-value for the prototype can be determined.
An updated test plan to reflect the team's procedure for using the R-Value test setup is available below.
FR Treatment Testing
Fire-Retardant Testing with Various FR Solution (Boric Acid) Concentrations
- Need to add some pictures and a general procedure for how burn testing was done and typical test observations
Test Plan Summary
NoteAll prototype details spreadsheets will contain a table of data and results for the team's R-Value test for thermal resistance if one was performed.
Test Setup CalibrationThe spreadsheet below contains a table which will be used to calibrate the team's R-Value test setup. The calibration involves:
- Obtaining a test standard. This will be a piece of thermal insulation which has a certified R-Value, most likely R-13.
- Run thermal test on the standard.
- Obtain a calibration constant. This is a number which by which results from the team's test should be multiplied to obtain the "true" R-Value of the sample.