P18418: Vertical Farming
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The benefits of vertical farming systems allow plants to use less water and more disease-resistant than traditional farming. Common barriers for vertical farming have been inefficient energy usage and large upfront installation costs, however with the introduction of LEDs and breakthroughs in material science, a cheap and sustainable solution is possible. We are looking to improve the Surculus, a prototype technology designed with maximum yield in mind through increased water and energy consumption, as well as the limited types of crop the current designs allow it to harbor. The goal of this project is to pinpoint the absolute necessary resources to accomplish what conventional farming is able to do — or possibly do it even better.

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Project Name
Vertical Farming Pilot
Project Number
18418
Project Family
Sustainable Systems
Start Term
2171
End Term
2175
Faculty Guide
Charlie Tabb
Primary Customer
Bob Bechtold, HARBEC Plastics
Sponsor (financial support)
Bob Bechtold

Team Members

 From left to right: Katie Green, Erin Twombly, Giyeon Han, Mike Myers, Gabe Kramer, Josh Boyer

From left to right: Katie Green, Erin Twombly, Giyeon Han, Mike Myers, Gabe Kramer, Josh Boyer

Member Major Role Contact
Katie Green BME Project Lead keg7952@g.rit.edu
Erin Twombly ME Engineering Lead ext4960@rit.edu
Gabriel Kramer EE SME gxk3534@rit.edu
Giyeon Han ME Mechanical Engineer gxh9271@rit.edu
Josh Boyer EE Electrical Engineer jab3240@g.rit.edu
Mike Myers ME Mechanical Engineer mqm5926@rit.edu

Table of Contents

MSD I & II MSD I MSD II

Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design-Test Benches

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Implementation Validation Presentation & Dissemination

PRP

Requirements

Action Item List

Budget Analysis

Risk Management

Problem Tracking

Benchmarking

Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Chart

BOM

Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Schematic

Test Plans

Test Benches Image

Data Collection 1

Data Collection 2

Simulations

Surculus Test Results

Technical Paper

Poster

Imagine RIT

Acknowledgements