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First Advisor

Richard Sisson

Date

2009

Abstract

The Earth is almost completely covered in water, but only 0.007% is accessible drinking water. Sadly, in many of the world’s developing countries, there is a serious scarcity of clean drinking water. Many of their possible sources have become contaminated due to poor sanitation throughout the developing world and is one of the main causes of this scarcity. In order to address these water shortages, our group has designed two water vapor condenser models, the “Refrigerator Style Model” (Model A) and the “Metal Nalgene Bottle Model” (Model B), with Model B being the most feasible. Both of our designs condense water vapor from the air and produce clean potable water. However, each design has its own characteristics, and in order to compare them, we used a decision matrix. These designs are still in the developing stages, and require extensive prototyping and analysis in order to optimize water production. Our target areas are where there is both a high demand for water, and the air is humid for most of the year.

Poster Presentation, Judges Award (2009)

Keywords

The Grand Challenges Seminar

Disciplines

Architecture | Arts and Humanities | Business | Education | Engineering | Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Language

English

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Rights

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Course

The Grand Challenges Seminar

Program

Great Problems Seminar

Format

application/pdf

The WAVE: Water Vapor Condenser


Poster Presentation, Judges Award (2009)

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