P20422: Black Soldier Fly Composter Improvements
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Black Soldier Fly Composting (BSFC) is a process by which organic waste is fed to Black Soldier Fly (BSF) larvae, vastly reducing the quantity of waste and producing byproducts that can then be used as fertilizer. In order to facilitate the process of BSFC an artificial environment has been created in the RIT Community Garden and a prototype for feeding and containing the BSF was created by a previous MSD group, P19422. However, the current prototype sometimes malfunctions when dispensing food, does not properly facilitate the movement of the BSF throughout their lifecycle, and is expensive/time consuming to manufacture.

The goals of the new project are to improve the existing design of the composter to prevent spills and facilitate BSF migration, develop a manufacturing process to reduce costs/labor, better manage moisture, and propose a theoretical method by which to scale this process and accommodate all of RIT's food waste.

Diagram of Black Soldier Fly Composting (BSFC) Cycle

Diagram of Black Soldier Fly Composting (BSFC) Cycle

Project Name
Black Soldier Fly Composter
Project Number
P20422
Project Family
Sustainability
Start Term
2191
End Term
2195
Faculty Guide
Mark Minunni, mxmddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Sarah Brownell, sabeie@rit.edu

Team Members

Team 20422 Group Photo (members listed below in order from left to right)

Team 20422 Group Photo (members listed below in order from left to right)

Member Role Major Contact
Nicholas Balcomb Project Co-Manager ISE njb8803@rit.edu
Tara Marshall Facilitator/Purchasing MECE tcm1368@rit.edu
Elizabeth Maeder Communications BME erm1077@rit.edu
Samantha Porten Project Co-Manager ISE slp3322@rit.edu
Grant Pearce Lead Engineer MECE gjp7150@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

Requirements

Schedule

Cost

Risk Management

Problem Management

Communication & Minutes

Use Cases

Benchmarking

Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection

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

Acknowledgements