Civil 6 - Sustainable Kitchen Technologies

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Student Team: Krista Beyer, Paige Lawrence 
Advisor: Noel Bormann, Tait Carroll
Sponsoring Organization: EPA
Liaison:  Noel Bormann

 

Center for Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship

Civil Engineering Department Student Project

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

Project Title

SUSTAINABLE KITCHEN TECHNOLOGIES IN ZAMBEZI, ZAMBIA for 2014

Due Wednesday, October 2, 2013

CEDE - Civil Engineering requests a student project proposal for the following project:

 

DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING PROTOTYPES OF COOKING STOVE INCORPORATING THERMALELECTRIC POWER GENERATION AND WATER FILTERS. PROTOTYPES TO BE PRODUCED IN ZAMBIA TO ENHANCE SUSTAINABLE IMPROVEMENTS IN ZAMBIAN HOMES.

 

SUMMARY INFORMATION

Due October 2, 2013, before 4:00 PM PST

 

One digital copy in pdf format and one hard copy of proposal must be submitted.

 

Location for Proposal Delivery:      

 

Toni Boggan,

Academic Director of CEDE

Gonzaga University School of Engineering and Applied Science,

PACCAR 214, Spokane, WA 99258.

509-313-3913

Boggan@gonzaga.edu

 

 

Project Sponsor

The sponsor of this project is the US EPA through a Phase II award from the P3 (People Prosperity and Planet) Program. The grant number is SU83295.

 

Project Description:

The CEDE - Civil Engineering Department is requiring a proposal from the group of student engineers to provide comprehensive engineering efforts related to the development of sustainable technologies that will improve air and water quality in Zambian homes. Engineering activities will include elements of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.  The student team is expected to research existing literature and compare design alternatives so that effectiveness, cost, manufacturability, appropriateness of technologies, and overall compatibility with the project goals can be used to select the most desirable solutions. 

 

Tasks will include, but are not limited to the following:

 

1.         Stove Design:

Improve the existing stove design to ensure a pot placed on the stove heats quickly, has a stable surface on which to rest, and that the stove can accommodate a variety of pot sizes. The project team should initially look into the support screws or change the design such that it more closely resembles the braziers currently used by the community. Alternatively, the project team could look to a design that provides a burner such that a pot is placed directly on a heated surface.

 

2.         Charging components:

Improve upon existing charging system design such that the device is able to seamlessly provide charging for multiple devices including mobile phones, batteries, radios, lights etc.. The team will need to investigate the range of voltages and a way to adjust the voltage output of the TEG cell.

 

3.         Stove materials and value engineering:

Investigate alternative materials to be used in the stove manufacture including low-strength concrete and clay. The materials used should be easily obtained in the Zambezi area, leading to an ease of manufacturing, a sustainable product, and lowered cost. The project team should endeavor to make the rocket stove and charging components modular and determine if the design is better served by locating the TEG on the pot itself rather than the stove.

 

4.         Water Filters:

Develop and test performance of a porous, inverted bowl-shaped water filters made out of pervious concrete. Modify the existing mold to construct and determine the efficacy of the pervious concrete filters.

 

5.         Business development and implementation:

Work with the wider group membership and Zambian partners to organize an on-the-ground effort in summer of 2014 to provide a culturally-appropriate training and education program for local workers, and to produce several stove and water filter prototypes in-country using only locally available labor, materials and tools.

 

The project will also require the implementation of project management techniques in the completion of the engineering efforts, including interaction with the EPA as the project sponsor, liaisons, project advisors, monitoring efforts and progress, updating the project schedule preparing status reports, gathering information required for design in Zambia and from appropriate regulatory agencies.

 

The project will produce a conference or journal publication and a final report to submit to the sponsor

 

Students will be responsible to make required presentations of the project activities and may also attend a appropriate conference.

 

EVALUATION PROCESS

The proposal evaluation process will be determined by the project advisor in conjunction with the CEDE, the project sponsor, and the CEDE Design Advisory Board.  It will be based on the organization of the project efforts reflected in the proposal and the educational goals achieved in the completion of the proposal.  Note that some efforts in the project are oriented to achieve educational goals that are not required to achieve the project sponsors goals.

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

This project is a continuation of prior efforts. A detailed EPA proposal that is the basis for the project funding is available for the project team to review.

 

PROJECT INFORMATION AVAILABLE

A project report from 2013 and information from a site visit in 2013 is available for the team.  A large amount of literature, existing forms, tools, and equipment is located in the project lab.

 

The project team must familiarize themselves with the existing condition of the project in order to properly prepare the project proposal. 

 

STUDENT PROJECT ACTIVITIES REQUIRED

The student project group will, at a minimum, provide the following efforts and deliverables in the completion of the project addressed in this proposal:

 

Scope of Activities Required to Meet Project Goals

 

Task 100                                Project Management and Coordination

The student group shall organize, manage and coordinate the efforts required to accomplish the project using standard project management and contract administration techniques. Key management activities are identified below:

 

            Sub-Task 110                        Kick-off Meeting

The Student Team will conduct a kickoff meeting with their project advisor and sponsor liaison’s to gain familiarity for the project and to solicit input, gather available data and information.

 

            Sub-Task 120                        Routine progress-review meetings

Routine progress-review meetings will be conducted on a regular basis as follows:

a.      Weekly progress reports are required and are to be submitted electronically to the advisor by 5:00 pm each Thursday. Weekly progress reports must include, at a minimum, activities completed by each team member for the current week, expected work for the upcoming week, and updates to the project design budget and schedule.

b.      In addition, a complete hardcopy record of the project reports and files must be maintained by the student team and be made readily available during consultations with the advisor. Typical method would be a project notebook. The advisor and liaison will ask to review this notebook periodically to discover the status of the work being completed. 

 

            Sub-Task 130                        Regular Advisor and Liaison Meetings

After the kick-off meeting, the Student Team will meet weekly with the project advisor, and will also meet when needed with the project liaisons.  All meetings with advisor and liaison’s MUST be arranged by members of the Student Team in advance (at least 2 days prior) and include a proposed meeting agenda sent to the advisor or liaison prior (at least 2 days) to the meeting.  All meetings must be documented by the Student Team in the form of meeting minutes with copies distributed within 3 days of the meeting to all team members and the project advisor and liaison’s, as above.

 

      Sub-Task 140            Quality Assurance/Quality Control

The Student Team will perform a methodical QA/QC effort in a manner suitable to the project advisor and liaison, to prevent incorrect, sub-standard or dangerous results from being included in the end of semester project reports.

 

      Sub-Task 150            Project Schedule / WBS /Gantt Chart and Budget

 

 

Task 100 Deliverables

  • Electronic copy of agenda for team meetings.
  • Electronic updates to project design budget and schedule that includes budget and personnel hours for each sub-task in the entire project.
  • Electronic copy of resolutions and action items for each meeting.
  • Statement on the QA/QC activities for reports submitted at the end of each semester to describe the review and checking procedure employed.

 

Task 200                                Project Data Collection

Work collaboratively with project staff and other reliable sources to develop project data suitable for design.  Data may include material and labor costs, clay geology, site survey, water use, climate, power requirements, cultural preferences and other data.  Proposal submitted is to identify data needs and collection methods for project.

            Sub-Task 210                        Literature Review

The Student Team will perform a thorough literature review to form the basis of design and modification to the project equipment. Topics will include at least pervious pavements, soil cements, thermal electric generators, clean cookstove technology and others.

 

            Sub-Task 220                        Local Project Information

The Student Team will work with project partners to obtain required safety and regulatory information to meet ethical and legal requirements of the engineering profession.

 

Task 200 Deliverables

  • Electronic copy of literature, data and mapping, reports or surveys completed for the project and to be included in the project report.
  • Bibliographic references and annotations for significant literature used, suitable for use in conference publication.
  • Summary of safety and legal issues addressed in design.

 

 

Task 300                                Project Design Efforts

The student team will develop plans, drawings, analysis, comparisons, and other design work required to successfully achieve the project goals. The specific project approach will be determined by the team in the project proposal.

            Sub-Task 310                        Stove design

Provide design and material selections for cookstove. 

 

            Sub-Task 320                        Incorporation of Thermal Generation with Cookstove

Develop modular application of TE device.  Develop manufactureable circuits, connections, material alternatives, and required use and maintenance requirements.

 

            Sub-Task 330                        Water Filter Manufacture

Develop method to construct filters using pervious concrete and compare to manufacture using sawdust/clay materials.

 

Sub-Task 340                        Test Performance of Pervious Concrete Filters.

Measure the filtration rates removal of bacterial using pervious concrete filters.

 

Sub-Task 350                        Develop Equipment for Manufacturing Products

Design suitable equipment required to manufacture products using resources available in Zambia.

 

 

Task 300 Deliverables

  • Electronic copy of drawings, calculations, data, reports or calculations completed for the project design and to be included in the project report.
  • Sample working equipment and products.

 

 

Task 400                                Project Regulatory Requirements

Determine appropriate regulatory guidelines to use in the completion of the project.  

 

Task 400 Deliverables

  •  Provide appropriate written summary of regulations that would apply to the project.

 

 

Task 500                                Project Costs, Specifications and Maintenance   

The student team will develop specifications, cost estimates for construction and manufacture of the designed products, and summary of issues affecting the maintenance of the project products and equipment. The specifics will be determined by the team in the project proposal.

 

            Sub-Task 510                        Costs Estimates of Products and Equipment

 

            Sub-Task 520                        Material and Fabrication Specifications with Instructions

 

Task 500 Deliverables

  •  Provide appropriate written summary of results

 

Task 600                                Project Sustainability Evaluation  

Based on the users’ needs and the understanding of the safety, and regulatory requirements, evaluate the preliminary design developed in the completion of the project for overall sustainability and identify other opportunities for increasing sustainability that are potentially achievable.

 

Task 600 Deliverables

  • Provide appropriate written presentation that:

a)              Describe the environmental benefits/costs of the project. 

b)              Describe the social benefits/costs of the project. 

c)              Describe the economic/costs benefits of the project. 

d)              Summarize how sustainable the methods used to meet the project goals are. 

 

 

Task 700                                Project Enterprise Development  

A significant section of the report will be a plan to implement a sustainable enterprise in Zambia. That enterprise will manufacture, sell, maintain expand the provision of the products developed.  

 

Task 700 Deliverables

  • Through business plan will be prepared to allow project partners to make a viable enterprise from the sample manufacturing equipment produced in Zambia.

 

Task 800                                Project Reports, Publications and Presentations  

The project team is required to prepare a final report suitable for both the CEDE and EPA. Prepare and present findings of the project to groups which could include travel and presentation at the National Sustainability Expo in Washington D.C., and a requirement to prepare a final draft publication dealing with the project that may be presented at a national conference. 

 

 

Task 800 Deliverables

  •  Reports, publications and presentations in electronic format in a timely manner.

 

PROJECT SCHEDULE

Timeliness of project completion is critical. The project schedule contains some specific milestones and also must accommodate the academic calendar.

 

The student group will use the general dates below to develop the comprehensive schedule required for the proposal.

 

Information on Proposals Available:                                   September 4, 2013

Teams Selected:                                                                   September 6, 2013

Sponsor Workshop                                                               September 11, 2013

Civil CEDE Mandatory All Student/Advisor Meeting        September 18, 2013

Labor Day                                                                              September 27, 2013

Proposals Due                                                                      October 2, 2013

Founder’s Day Holiday / Midterms                         October 21, 2013

Roundtable Project 30 % Progress Meeting                     October 30, 2013

Thanksgiving Holiday                                                           November 27 – 29, 2013

Project Status Presentation 50% Progress                       December 11, 2013

Project Status Report Due                                                   December 13, 2013

Reading Days                                                                       December 14 – 16, 2013

Classes Begin                                                                       January 14, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday                                           January 20, 2014

President's Day Holiday                                                       February 17, 2014

Roundtable 60% Progress Meeting / Social                     February 19, 2014

Spring Vacation                                                                    March 10 – 14, 2014

Good Friday – Easter Holiday                                             April 18 – April 21, 2014

Final Reports Due                                                                 April 25, 2014

Final Design Presentation                                                   April 30, 2014

 

PROJECT BUDGET

The student group will include a budget that details the costs of completing the project design tasks. This budget is not the “engineers estimate” to complete the implementation of the design; it is the costs to perform the engineering tasks and does not include the value of project team personnel hours. This requirement is contained in Task 100, but is highlighted here.

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Contact Information

Academic Director:
Toni Boggan
Phone: 509-313-3913

Faculty Director:
Steven Zemke
Phone: 509-313-3554

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