Design Problem

Describe the Design Problem. Why is there a need for a solution?

The build up of waste in remote locations such as munt kenya poses a a threat to both wildlife and water purity across Kenya. Sites remote locations around the country are usually inaccessible to conventional means of waste disposal; with no strategies to combat refuse build up plastics and other harmful materials build up, leaching into the soil, harming animals and people in the vicinity. Creating a sustainable, mobile waste management system is paramount in preserving precious ecosystems around Kenya.

Design Process

Describe your design process. Include relevant photos and/or drawings. Discuss any challenges you faced and how you overcame them.

In order for the portable incinerator to succeed, it must be an effective long-term solution to combating unmanaged refuse. The incinerator must outperform traditional garbage-burning methods. The incinerator must burn at a higher temp, produce less harmful emissions, and be more capable of handling a high volume of refuse. Most remote locations, such as Mount Kenya, do not have reliable electricity. Therefore, an effective mobile incinerator needs to run on alternative energy. Secondly, the harsh weather conditions on top of the mountain would severely alter the effectiveness of solar energy; additionally, the durability and cost of solar panels could minimize the incinerator’s impact on reducing waste buildup in rugged conditions. The most effective way to power the incinerator is manual power; a manual system ensures simplicity in the design, eliminating weak points such as electronics and copious amounts of moving parts.

Link to Process Journal and Final Reflection Video

https://sites.google.com/isk.ac.ke/michael-lavack-stem-pathways/home

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