Faculty Advisor

Daniello, Robert


The proposed electromechanical design is an autonomous thermistor chain which can be used to relay the temperature profile of a body of water to an onshore receiver. The device utilizes thermistors to measure the temperature of water/ice at various depths to quantify the ice thickness of a body of freshwater. The device aims to increase ice safety by eliminating the need for on ice tests. After designing and manufacturing a thermistor chain prototype, the team created an insulated testing apparatus to simulate the freezing process of a body of freshwater such as a lake or pond. The data collected provides a representation of the accuracy of the device and serves as proof of concept.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering