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Inocu Pro. Root Fertilizer Production. 2.009 Blue B Woodie Flowers Steve Haberek Zach Eisenstat Daniel Guarda Phil Hum Justin Holland Levi Lalla Wey-Jiun Lin Tiffany Yang. 10/20/05. Background. Mycorrhizal Fungi 5 grow bags/hour. Market. Small Farms

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Inocu pro

InocuPro

Root Fertilizer Production

2.009 Blue B Woodie Flowers Steve Haberek Zach Eisenstat Daniel Guarda Phil Hum Justin Holland Levi Lalla Wey-Jiun Lin Tiffany Yang

10/20/05


Background
Background

Mycorrhizal Fungi

5 grow bags/hour


Market
Market

Small Farms

  • Vegetable farmers, transplanted plants

  • 84,000 farms 1-49 acres in US

Developing Countries:

  • Consume over 63% of world’s fertilizer

  • Manual labor

Competition:

  • Phosphate fertilizers

  • $1,500 on 9 acres

  • Variable vs. Fixed


Design challenges
Design Challenges

Tumbler:

  • Occasionally Jammed

  • Excess Particles

mockup

sketch model

sketch model


Design challenges1
Design Challenges

Grinder/Cutter:

  • Power/Speed

  • Blade Selection

  • Grass? Seeds? Rocks?

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  •  Circulation of root:

    • Vblade >> Vroot

sketch model


Design challenges2
Design Challenges

Grinder/Cutter: (cont.)

  • Circulation of root:

    Vblade >> Vroot

  • Blade spin from bottom

  • No spinning axle revealed

  • Speed ≈ 3000rpm

  • Flail blade

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Design challenges3
Design Challenges

Integration:


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