Conduction Maize Drying for Emerging African Communities

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2019-04-19
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Van Dyke, Todd
Olson, Brett
Titmus, Jacob
Shippy, Michael
Chopra, Shweta
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Koziel, Jacek
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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Since 1905, the Department of Agricultural Engineering, now the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), has been a leader in providing engineering solutions to agricultural problems in the United States and the world. The department’s original mission was to mechanize agriculture. That mission has evolved to encompass a global view of the entire food production system–the wise management of natural resources in the production, processing, storage, handling, and use of food fiber and other biological products.

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In 1905 Agricultural Engineering was recognized as a subdivision of the Department of Agronomy, and in 1907 it was recognized as a unique department. It was renamed the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in 1990. The department merged with the Department of Industrial Education and Technology in 2004.

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  • Department of Agricultural Engineering (1907–1990)

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Currently, in emerging African Communities, they are putting their maize out on mats to be dried under the sun. They are having problems with animals and humans stealing their produce along with maize weevils destroying their crops. Our objective is to create a mobile and efficient system that can dry grain on a need basis. It also needs to be made from materials that are easily obtained in these communities. The product will not be able to utilize electricity or gas to the main source of fuel will be fire. This is not the first time that this problem is a capstone project, and we have viewed some of the past results for reference, but we will need to collect our data to solve the problem.

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