UROP Projects 2019
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Inflatable Biogas domes for NepalLead Supervisor: Dr John Orr, Department of Engineering
EPSRC criteria may apply CLICK HERE for criteria
Fixed spherical dome biogas reactors are popular in Nepal and are used to generate gas for cooking. They are a crucial source of energy. Currently they limited in size to about 3 metres total in diameter at the base. To add to this, the method of construction involves using soil as formwork for the unreinforced concrete dome, which is a very time consuming process.
Dr Orr has worked with Dr Fulford to produce a new design that uses an inflatable mould for the concrete dome - potentially greatly simplifying the process of construction and allowing larger domes to be made. This would increase capacity, and expand the potential for this energy source across Nepal.
This UROP project will work with the team to finalise the design based on feedback from contractors in Nepal. We hope to fabricate a mould in the UK, and take it to Nepal as a training exercise. Once we have skilled local workers, they will be able to fabricate dome formwork without our assistance. If funding and timing can be arranged, this project will coincide with a trip to Nepal.
A paper on the topic, written by a 4th year student, was published in 2015. Please see PDF here
Insertion Date: 29 October 2018