Modular auger design to prevent clogging in suction
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.
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A mechanical design was conducted for a modular auger system that reduces the risk of clogging in suction piping meant to process sargassum seaweed. The auger supports a slurry pump-based system being designed to address sargassum blooms adversely affecting beaches in the Caribbean. By reducing clogging, the auger will prevent damage to the pump and reductions in productivity. A mathematical model of the auger system was created, then a small-scale physical model was built to test the concept. These tests exposed flaws in the mechanical details of the design, but the viability of the concept was shown, so a full-scale design was completed to be implemented as a backup in an extended field test that will be conducted in the Caribbean during the summer 2019.
Thesis: S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2019Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 47-48).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology