Faculty Advisor

Sullivan, John M.


This project designed and sized a water tank system for use in US Army field kitchens for dish cleaning as contracted to Yankee Scientific. A preliminary computer model was created to predict the tank's stratified layer temperatures and exit temperature based on water consumption rates and reheat capacity. A physical model of the system was constructed and instrumented to verify the initial estimates of performance. The data acquisition of temperature and flow rates confirmed the computer model estimates of performance. Further testing confirmed the improved performance of the water tank system with interior baffles compared to existing systems in field use. These test results and modeling system were used to provide enhanced system design specifications.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering