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The Landmine Neutralization team’s poster will present our team’s progress towards designing and prototyping an air excavation unit. To accomplish this, the project team is working with the HALO Trust, the world’s largest demining NGO. The HALO Trust works in many countries to remove the remnants of war, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and unexploded ordnance (UXOs). This project seeks to help deminers by providing a device that blows air at high velocity to clear dust and other debris away from potential IEDs and UXOs in war-torn areas to help in their effort of demining. We have focused on designing our prototype to operate reliably in harsh environments while fulfilling our client’s specifications. Our client requested that we design our excavation unit to be easily installed onto their Volvo 220 backhoes and their custom-made backhoe attachments. The current design is modular and consists of a hydraulic motor powering a fan from a backpack leaf blower, all of which is assembled within a steel frame that attaches to the rake of the HALO excavators. Due to circumstances beyond our control, our project will be wrapping up at the end of this semester, which is sooner than anticipated. This means the goals of our project have been narrowed to having a functional prototype and relevant documentation that we can present to our client.
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Card, Josh; Cornwell, Ethan R.; Poust, Evan; and Pratt, Donald G., "Landmine Neutralization: Air Excavation Unit" (2021). 2021 Collaboratory/Engineering Symposium. 11.