College of Engineering and Polymer Science
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Bachelor of Science
Date of Expected Graduation
The goal for this project is to make a cost effective still. We will be implementing cost saving parts to create a cheap but effective still. From initial research conducted, we will try to combine a stainless steel still and copper still together so that the cheaper material (stainless steel) and the component that removes sulfur compounds (copper) are both implemented. The ME side of the project will focus on the actual design and construction of the parts that will be implemented into the still. Included in the design process will be calculations of heat transfer for the current and new materials inserted into the still ensuring that the heating element in the still will continue to raise the product to the correct temperature without impedance. Additionally, there will be a possibly of 3D modeling in Solidworks for the new parts created. The ChemE side of the project will be focused on optimizing the theoretical shape of the column to achieve the desired ethanol concentrations, measuring sulfur concentrations in the distillate (and other chemistry analyses as necessary) between the two columns, and delving into the fermentation process to have a consistent inlet formula.
Bi-min Zhang Newby
Honors Faculty Advisor
Donald Dane Quinn
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Nicholas, Clare and Hanlon, Patrick, "Distillery" (2023). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 1728.