Author

Adam Shull

Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Engineering & Computer Science

First Advisor

Hyun Kwon

Abstract

A portable, low-power water purification system was developed for use by aid workers in underdeveloped world regions. The design included activated carbon and ceramic candle filtration to 0.2 microns for bacteria and turbidity reduction followed by UV irradiation for virus destruction. Flexibility and modularity were incorporated into the system with AC, DC, and environmental power supply options as well as the facility to purify water from either surface or local utility sources. Initial prototype testing indicated the successful filtration of methylene blue dye to well above the 75% UV transmittance level required for virus destruction by the UV reactor.

Subject Area

Water--Purification, Filters and filtration., Water quality

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