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Fire Safe Microwave Reid Allen - Red B. The Idea and Motivation. Microwaves caused ~7,400 fires in 2005 87 injuries and $18 million property damage. Prevent fires caused by sparks and flame inside the microwave Reduce Fire Department false alarms associated with microwave oven use.

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the idea and motivation
The Idea and Motivation
  • Microwaves caused ~7,400 fires in 2005
    • 87 injuries and $18 million property damage.
  • Prevent fires caused by sparks and flame inside the microwave
  • Reduce Fire Department false alarms associated with microwave oven use
customer market and benchmarking
Customer, Market and Benchmarking
  • Customer: Original Equipment Manufacturer
    • Major microwave producers
      • GE and Sharp have >40% market share
  • End-User: households
    • 13.5 million microwaves sold last year in US
    • $3.8 billion sales
  • SafeT Sensor – Patent Pending
mock up goals
Mock-Up Goals
  • Power off microwave if sparks or flames occur
  • Find a permanent location for our sensor
    • Faraday Cage test
    • Microwave tear down, research
  • Understand physics of microwave sparks and flames
    • Ignition testing
    • Effect of microwaves on flame
  • Identify situations causing false positives
future work
Future Work
  • Reduce manufacturing costs
  • Eliminate false positives
  • Develop user interface
    • Auditory, visual warning
    • Reset switch