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Build & Test Prep

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Team Vision for Build & Test Prep Phase

During this phase, the team completed problem track and test plans for each engineering requirement while addressing design concerns and building the test benches. Test benches are nearing completion and the plants are ready to begin. The concern about the electrical wiring have been addressed and marked as a low risk. The Surculus has not yet been delivered to RIT, but the team is hopeful that by mid February it will be.

Test Plan Summary

Engineering Requirements and Testing

Engineering Requirements and Testing

Screenshot of Example Test Plan

Screenshot of Example Test Plan

Risk and Problem Tracking

Problem Tracking

Problem Tracking

Updated Risk Assessment Visual

Updated Risk Assessment Visual

Motor Update

1. Torque needed to turn surculus is only what is needed to overcome friction.

2. Main issue is how to increase speed. Options:

Updated Purchase History

Updated Purchase History

Updated Purchase History

Progress Update

Updated Test Bench

Updated Test Bench

Germinated Seeds

Germinated Seeds

The test benches are about 75% done, just needing to put in a bottom reservoir and attach the last of the "drippers" to the tubing. The seeds have been germinated and are ready to be planted. Lighting system is done, and we will begin testing next week.

Plans for next phase

Action Items

Action Items

Action Items

Direction for the rest of MSD II

  1. Continue test bench experiment.
  2. Bring the Surculus to RIT.
  3. Run a baseline test on the Surculus.
  4. Adjust the lighting on the Surculus for testing.
  5. Finalize all subsystem design changes (aeroponics with trays).
  6. Implement subsystems if time allows.

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