Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Design of a solar powered aeration and moisture measurement system for a portable multipurpose dryer."

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2015 - DURI
Research area(s):
Electronics, sensors and controls
Project Description:
This project is part of a large USAID funded Feed-the-Future Lab for Food Processing and Post-harvest Handling. This project involves working with a team to design, test and incorporate a solar powered exhaust fan and material moisture monitoring system for a portable solar dryer. The work scope will involve an understanding of electronics, sensors and control systems, systems design and assembling. The student will be required to work together with two or three other students working on a solar dryer to determine fan size, power requirements, photovoltaic (PV) capacity, and other ancillary parts needed. Additionally, the student will be required to incorporate relative humidity, temperature sensors and control algorithms to meet desired dryer performance. The candidate should have practical skills in fabricating electronic devices. An ECE junior or senior student is preferred.
Expected Student Contributions:
Conduct research on appropriate electronics parts on a budget for the design Design of fan circuit Fabrication of fan circuit Testing and calibration Integrating design into solar powered dryer
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Desired Qualifications:
preferrably 3.5 (above 3.2 will also be considered)
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Ileleji, Klein
agricultural and biological engineering

Student Supervisor

Jesumayomikun A Olasubulumi
Assistant Research Engineer

Cooperating Faculty

Charles Woloshuk
Botany and Plant Pathology