P17701: ABVI Upcycling: Cotton Insulation
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Subsystem Build & Test

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Team Vision for Subsystem Level Build & Test 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

Sag Test

Photo of the designed setup that will used for the Moisture Sag Test

Photo of the designed setup that will used for the Moisture Sag Test

Sound Transmission Test

Our Sound Transmission test has changed from the initial design that was developed in MSD I. The description of the steps are as follows:

  1. Create the box of insulation out of 5 acoustic panels, leave the front open
  2. Place the speaker in it and with the decibel meter outside the box, play a distinct frequency to get a control value
  3. Cover the opening of the box with the prototype insulation
  4. Play the same frequency, make sure the microphone is the same physical distance from the speaker
    1. The difference between the two decibel levels is the “Decibel Drop” d
  5. Use the formula C = 1 - 10^(-(d/20)) to find the sound reduction coefficient D = SL1 - SL2

Repeat at different frequencies

Test Results Summary

R Value Test

Graph of temperature data collected during R-Value test on prototype 1.

Graph of temperature data collected during R-Value test on prototype 1.

Table of raw data and calculated R-Value results. Note, the R-Value seen in this table does not reflect the true R-Value, as the test setup has not yet been calibrated. See

Table of raw data and calculated R-Value results. Note, the R-Value seen in this table does not reflect the true R-Value, as the test setup has not yet been calibrated. See "Build and Test Prep" page for a description of the calibration procedure


Updated Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment - Version 4

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Functional Demo Materials

Design Review Presentation for 2/23/2017

Plans for next phase

Updated Project Plan

Project Plan as of 2/22/2017

MS Project File for Project Plan

Overall Team Plans for Next Phase


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