Aquaculture

The ENG1001 Aquaculture Design Module introduces first-year engineering students to the basic concepts of aeration design. Within this module, students construct and test a pilot-scale aerator,  test and analyze their data, and interpret their experimental results. As part of the course, they complete unit conversions, spreadsheet calculations, ethical analysis, and engineering analyses of their designs.   ENG1001 Aquaculture Design Project Description

Here is a team showing off their "funnel" aeration system. Teams had to re-aerate a 5 gallon storage container of water: this was one of the more effective designs.

In the ENG1100 Aquaculture project, students designed, evaluated and modeled an indoor Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) for 10,000 – 50,000 fish. Students were constrained on the size of the fish they were growing, size of the facility, OSHA regulations, tank shape, and harvest methods. The pumps for the project were provided and students were able to measure the flowrate of the pump for various height tanks and use this data to size their facility. They were able to design a new impeller for the pump using NX, print it using a rapid-prototype machine, and test their new design to see if they could improve the performance of their facility. Students were required use their pump information to predict the ideal height of fish tanks, determine the maximum number of fish, monitor the growth of the fish in their facility given a constant amount of feed, and output the operating costs of the facility. Students were challenged to program in an automatic feeding system and determine the changes in the above value with this installation. ENG1100 Aquaculture Design Project Description

Students designed the impeller blades using NX and printed them on a 3D printer. Teams had flexibility on blade design and location as shown in the variety of options they created.
Students designed the impeller blades using NX and printed them on a 3D printer. Teams had flexibility on blade design and location as shown in the variety of options they created. Student team holding their newly printed pump impeller
Student team holding their newly printed pump impeller.

If you are an educator interested in these specific activities, please contact Ms. Amber Kemppainen (amber@mtu.edu).