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Capstone design project : waste vegetable oil pick-up system conceptual alternatives report Beran, Alan; Field, Andrew; Bonner, Daniel; Chin, Justin; Chen, Sam


The Bio-diesel Initiative wishes to develop a small-scale facility in UBC, turning WVO into bio-diesel to partially fuel UBC Plant Operation vehicles. The purpose of the MECH 457 project is to develop a WVO Pick-up System that will perform the primary function of collecting WVO from various locations on campus to the processing plant. During the conceptualization phase, the team identified various concepts to implement the key function of collecting WVO. After preliminary analysis, these concepts were narrowed down to those that are more feasible. After evaluation, the best three concepts are the small buckets, manual crane (to move large containers) and the small buckets with crane (crane facilitates drop-off of multiple small buckets) concepts. These concepts were presented to the client and he prefers the small buckets with crane concept. The reasons were that this concept has the benefits of the small buckets concept (clean, inexpensive, etc.) while reducing physical and time requirements during drop-off. More importantly, since the drop-off location is uncertain, using this concept makes the drop-off process adaptable to any drop-off requirements (moving WVO to the 5th floor of CHBE Building) Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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