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E215 Introduction to Design projects
This is the gallery page lists some of the projects done by Engineering 215.
Fall 2009 CCAT and Network for a Healthy California
- Converts kinetic energy into electricity using a hand crank for means of education.
- A composting toilet system to be used at CCAT.
- A clothes dryer that incorporates airflow and low energy to dry clothes.
- A filtration system that removes the particulate matter from the effluent of the CCAT kitchen sink.
- An improved grease trap to keep fats, oils, and grease out of the CCAT greywater system.
- A plaster that protects and beautifies the cob installations at CCAT.
- A portable pedal powered blender that uses a flexible drive-shaft for The Network for a Healthy California - Northcoast Region.
Spring 2009 WaterPod
The Spring semester of Engineering 215 worked with the WaterPod to research, design, and build a system that completes a task to allow a number of artists to live sustainably onboard the barge.
- An alternative way to convert kinetic energy to AC power by means of a bicycle energy generator.
- A system that would grow food for the occupants of the barge without the presence of soil.
- A water filtration system to make drinkable water from rainwater catchment.
- A bicycle as a power source to provide a bit of extra energy to the WaterPod.
- A hydroponic green wall that is used to grow herbs in minimal amounts of space.
- Exists to provide clean drinking water for the WaterPod Project
- A chicken coop designed to supplement the dietary needs of the inhabitants of the WaterPod.
- To provide a reliable and sustainable means of cooking by minimizing fuel use and optimizing efficiency.
- To harness the kinetic energy of the falling water from the overflow of the WaterPod's water tower.
- A vertical access wind turbine that uses the power of the wind coming from any direction to create energy.
- Duchamp de Loo, is a composting toilet system that can be used and can educate people about environmental ways to get rid of human waste.
Fall 2008 Full Belly Project
The Fall semester of Engineering 215 worked with the Full Belly Project to adapt their Universal Nut Sheller in the following three manners:
- Reducing the cost and cement content of the UNS for manufacture in West Africa: The LC sheller and The Full Bell
- Utilizing waste plastic bags to make the UNS molds in Haiti: Hot Dang Plastic Encasement and Pressed Plastic
- Adapting a US version of the UNS to serve as a source of funding and outreach: Nutsy, Multiplicity and Simple Simon
- Innovating concrete with sawdust and clay to lower the costs and weight using materials available in some parts of Western Africa.
- Improves the original UNS by reducing the cost and increasing durability of the sheller.
- Waste plastic bags available in Haiti cleaned, cut, crocheted and ironed into a hard plastic mold.
- A process to thermoform waste plastic bags to form molds for nut shellers using resources available in Haiti.
- Shaped like an acorn the Nutsy aims to be a smaller, more portable, and more aesthetically pleasing version of the UNS for marketing within the US.
- Smaller U.S. prototype with exchangeable rotors for different size nuts.
- Smaller US prototype made from wood and aluminum.
Spring 2007 Eco Hostel
- aerated concrete
- structural concrete insulated panels (SCIPs)
- modern interpretation of a traditional Yurok plank house
Fall 2005 RCEA
The Fall 2005 semester of Engineering 215 worked with RCEA to develop educational displays for the general public.
- To create an interactive, educational display that demonstrates the importance of electrical energy conservation.
- To design an interactive display promoting electrical energy conservation.
- To educate people about thermal energy conservation.
- To educate people about phantom loads on electrical devices.