Alfred State College, Energy Systems Fall 2014 Plastofuel Burner

Project Members: Eli Bell, Jason Walker, Liz Martin

Description: Through Penn State, Alfred State has obtained a Plastofuel Burner. A Plastofuel Burner forces plastics through a heat die and electric band heaters melt a thing coating that will lock dirt and plastic pieces inside. The objective for the Plastofuel Burner group is to use the Plastofuel Burner and reverse engineer it to achieve all deliverables shown below. Deliverable: -Get the system in working condition. -Reverse engineer for system. -Write operation manual for the system. -Come up with conceptual ideas upscale model.

Exploded Views and final assembly.

Video of plastofuel burner startup outside ICE Lab of SET

After reassembling the plastofuel burner we were able to attach the fuel cell and run the system through its preheat stage with kerosene as the fuel.

[11/20/14]   Week 11 Deliverable:
1.) Continue working on drawings.
2.) Continue with the working operational manual.
3.) Finish Poster.

[11/20/14]   Week 10 Achievements:
1.) Measured and began drawings for lower assembly.
2.) Started the working operational manual.
3.) Found switch to burner and found 20 Amp electrical outlet for burner.
4.) Started the poster.

[11/13/14]   Week 10 Deliverable's:
1.) Continue with working industrial drawings.
2.) Start working on a working operational manual for the system.
3.) Try to get a 20 Amp electrical outlet for burner.
4.) Start working on poster.

[11/13/14]   Week 7 Accomplishments:
1.) Most of the drawings are done for the fuel metering portion.
2.) Conceptual design made for the mount of fuel tank, waiting to design a base frame.

[10/23/14]   Week 7 deliverables:
1.) Get most of the drawings done for the fuel metering portion.
2.) Design a mount for a fuel tank.

[10/23/14]   Week 6 accomplishments:
1.) Still working on the 280v situation.
2.) Auger was disassembled.
3.) Solidwork drawings were started and some pictures were posted.

Generic drawings for the metering assembly.

[10/08/14]   Week 6 Deliverable:
1.) Figure out the 208V situation.
2.) Disassemble auger.
3.) Start Solidworks drawings of auger.

[10/08/14]   Week 5 accomplishments:
1.) Eli sent an email out to William Bang.
2.) Jason printed out the hopper adapter working industrial drawing.
3.) Liz performed additional research and could not find any information regarding the operation of the burner. Considering reaching out to Penn State.

[10/08/14]   Week 5 Deliverable:
1.) Email CEO of GR-Tech, to obtain additional information.
2.) Submit drawing of hopper adapter plate for possible manufacture.
3.) Perform additional research to find more about operation of burner.

[10/02/14]   Week 4 accomplishment:
1.) Deliverables were rearanged. Reverse engineering was replaced with add working industrial drawings for the current system.
2.) A drawing for the adaptor was conpleted.
3.) The site was rearanged.
4.) A screen shot was added in a previous post of the adaptor.
5.) The burner was plugged in, the system was not running.

[10/02/14]   Week 4 accomplishment:
1.) Deliverables were rearanged. Removed reverse engineering and added drawing sets for the current system.
2.) The adaptor drawing was completed.
3.) Site has a new arrangement.
4.) A screen shot of the adaptor was added in a previous post.
5.) Attempted to run motor, however, the motor would not spin.

[10/02/14]   Week 4 deliverable:
1.) Rework deliverables.
2.) Complete adaptor drawing.
3.) Rearrange site.
4.) Post screen shots of adaptor drawing.
5.) Verify motor runs.

[10/02/14]   Week 3 accomplishments:
1.) Description was added.
2.) Google drive is used instead of Dropbox.
3.) Deliverables were added to the page.
4.) Working Industrial Drawings will be worked on throughout the process.
5.) Adaptor drawing was finished.

Second design idea for a hopper adapter in an exploded view.

plastofuel burner.pptx - Google Drive

docs.google.com

Literature Review (1).docx - Google Drive

docs.google.com

[09/25/14]   Description:
Through Penn State, Alfred State has obtained a Plastofuel Burner. A Plastofuel Burner forces plastics through a heat die and electric band heaters melt a thin coating that will lock dirt and plastic pieces inside. The objective for the Plastofuel Burner group is to use the Plastofuel Burner and to create working industrial drawings for the current system to achieve all deliverables shown below.

Deliverable:
-Get the system in working.
-Create working industrial drawings for the current system.
-Write operation manual for the system.
-Come up with conceptual ideas upscale model.

Alfred State College, Energy Systems Fall 2014 Plastofuel Burner's cover photo

[09/24/14]   Deliverable (September 18, 2014):
1.) Add description to home page.
2.) Use Dropbox for lit review and powerpoint.
3.) Add deliverable to picture.
4.) Working industrial drawing set.
5.) Finish design for adapter.

Timeline Photos

Alfred State College, Energy Systems Fall 2014 Plastofuel Burner's cover photo

Left: What should be there.
Right: What is there.

Uncrate

[09/11/14]   Deliverable (September 11, 2014):
1.) Create presentaion about Plastofuel Burner to present on September 18, 2014.
2.) Uncrate the Plastofuel Burner.
3.) Post Literature Review.

[09/11/14]   Deliverable (September 4, 2014) :
1.) Create a webpage dedicated to the Plastofuel Burner.
2.) Write a three page literature review with citation

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Alfred State College, Energy Systems Fall 2014 Plastofuel Burner

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