P19422: Black Soldier Fly Composting System
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Project Background

In order to become carbon and waste neutral by 2030, RIT must implement a more sustainable solution for managing the 1.3 tons of food waste it produces each week. RIT currently trucks its food waste to a biodigester over 20 miles off campus, which has additional environmental impacts. One potential solution is to send the food waste to an on-campus, black soldier fly (BSF) composter. The black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) are able to consume a wide variety of organic material, including meat and oil, which worm composting systems are unable to handle.
 BSF Pupae

BSF Pupae

Project Goals

The goal of this project is to analyze the successes and failures of the previous BSF composter in order to design a new model that meets the following requirements: made of all non-corrosive materials, processes 6+ kg or 5+ gallons of food waste per day, holds feeding larvae, allows for larvae to migrate out of container, provides a pupation site for the larvae, prevents contamination of outside species, and allows removal of leachate and frass without disturbing the feeding BSFL or leaking into surroundings. The expected end result is a functional prototype that is easily and safely operated by one person and costs less than the previous model while still improving upon its design.
Project Name
Black Soldier Fly Composting System
Project Number
P19422
Project Family
Sustainability
Start Term
2181
End Term
2185
Faculty Guide
Sarah Brownell, sabeie@g.rit.edu
Primary Customer
Sarah Brownell

Team Members

Walter, Jason, Maddy, Haley, Morgan, Josh

Walter, Jason, Maddy, Haley, Morgan, Josh

Member Role Contact
Maddy Lockwood Communications mrl4343@rit.edu
Walter Markowski Project Manager whm5709@g.rit.edu
Morgan Kline Facilitator mxk1067@g.rit.edu
Jason Kuang Co-Lead Engineer jxk4385@g.rit.edu
Josh Enrico Co-Lead Engineer jse7439@rit.edu
Haley Avery Purchasing hma2146@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase

MSD I & II MSD I MSD II

Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

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

Customer Requirements

Plans

Cost

Risk Management

Problem Management

Communication & Minutes

Use Case

Benchmarking

Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Chart

BOM

Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Schematics

Software Diagrams

Facility Layout

Manuals

Mockups

Test Fixtures

Prototyping

Test Plans

Analysis Results

Simulations

Test Results

Design Review Documents

Technical Paper

Poster

Imagine RIT Exhibit

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