P17701: ABVI Upcycling: Cotton Insulation
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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

Updated schematic diagram of R-Value test setup

Updated schematic diagram of R-Value test setup

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.

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.

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.

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.

R-Value Test Plan as of 2/21/2017

Prototyping Work

FR Treatment Testing

Fire-Retardant Testing with Various FR Solution (Boric Acid) Concentrations

Prototype 2-1 - 4.7 g/100 ml

Prototype 2-2 - 4.7 g/100 ml

Prototype 3-1 - 2.2 g/100 ml

Prototype 3-2 - 2.2 g/100 ml

Prototype 4-1 - 1 g/100 ml

Prototype 4-2 - 1 g/100 ml

Prototype 5-1 - 7.1 g/100 ml

Prototype 5-2 - 7.1 g/100 ml

Prototype 6-1 - 12.3 g/100 ml

Prototype 6-2 - 12.3 g/100 ml

Prototype 7-1 - 13.4 g/100 ml

Prototype 7-2 - 13.4 g/100 ml

Useful Laboratory Information for Preparation of Boric Acid FR Solution

Test Plan Summary

R-Value Test

Note

All 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 Calibration

The spreadsheet below contains a table which will be used to calibrate the team's R-Value test setup. The calibration involves:

Calibration of R-Value Test Rig

Flame Test

An updated test plan to reflect the team's procedure for using the Flame Test test setup is available below.

Flame Test Plan as of 2/21/2017

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Flame Test Results

Flame Test Videos


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