ENGINEERING DESIGN Essay Example

Charcoal Stove

Engineering Design

A sketch of projected views of the charcoal stove

Introduction

Access to energy is one of the major challenges for citizens in developing countries. Another problem that they face is the use of archaic cooking stoves that are neither sustainable nor healthy. Due to such problems, there is need for a better solution in terms of a cooking stove. It should be able to utilize locally sourced fuel and burn it sustainably. The sketches above shows the engineering design of one such stove.

Parts List

Materials and costing

  1. Cast Iron

The base of the stove will be made out of cast iron because it can last for many years without losing its effectiveness. It is a suitable choice since it is expected that the stove will be used for several years. It retails at 1.2 USD per kilogram (Carri, 2015).

  1. Aluminum alloy

The burner will sustain high temperatures and hence it needs to be made using a material that can withstand high temperatures as well as rust. An alloy of aluminum and iron would be suitable since it has both properties. The material costs 1.8 USD per kilogram. The total cost of the stove will be determined by how much of these materials will be used and the associated cost of construction.

How it works

This is a considerably simple stove and hence is its operation. It consists of three burners on top of which the cookware are placed. The fuel is placed through the door on the far left side of the base. The door is wide enough to fit fuel such as charcoal which can be pushed to the far right end. The stove is placed along a gutter over which the ash falls and can be collected.

References

Carri, N (2015). Scrap Metal Prices Adelaide. Retrieved from

www.recyclingdepotadelaide.com