Faculty Advisor

Fofana, Mustapha S


The army desires a portable kitchen that has to fit inside a standard 20 foot shipping container and capable of feeding 800 soldiers, three meals a day for three days without being restocked. This project aims to design a kitchen that weights under 12,000 pounds with minimal setup and takedown times. Seven designs were created and analyzed in terms of weight distribution, ease of use, and potential hazards. The kitchen is to be transported by truck, helicopter or forklift. Shipping containers are designed to withstand the dead weight and wind loads. A vibration evaluation was conducted for the case when the container was dropped from a height of 30 feet. A maximum deflection of 0.001in and maximum stress of 550psi was found.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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