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The Egg Incubator team is partnering with the Brethren in Christ Church located in Choma, Zambia to design a high-quality, low-cost chicken egg incubator to supply the pastors and church members with a means of food and income. The design will need to take into account the accessibility and cost of the tools and materials. The current prototype features separate heating and humidity systems, a control system to maintain a set temperature and humidity, and tilting egg racks. The heating system consists of two stovetop coils to produce heat and a fan to transfer it to the air. The humidifier utilizes an atomizer in a pan of water to create a mist that mixes with the hot air to create humidity. The control system uses a proportional integral derivative controller (PID) to keep the temperature at 37 ± 1 °C and the humidity at 60–70%. The egg racks are tilted by a motor that runs every 6 hours to prevent the embryos from sticking to the shell. With a fully functioning prototype, the team has begun to incubate 60 real fertilized eggs. During the 21-day incubation process, a final prototype iteration is being designed and will be built on-site in Zambia in May 2022.
Funding for this work provided by The Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research.
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Mah, Joshua R. Mr.; Zehr, Josiah T.; Bashore, Aaron; Eells, Matt D.; Ellis, Shekinah; Koehnke, Brandon; Magness, Lane; Tolley, Claudia M.; Willoughby, Cooper; Wood, Cadee A.; Elliott, Dan; and Tan, Philip M. Ph.D., "High Quality, Low Cost Egg Incubator for BIC Church in Choma, Zambia" (2022). 2022 Collaboratory/Engineering Symposium. 19.