Title

Soil Drying Machine

Lead Author Major

Mechanical Engineering

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Kyle Watson

Faculty Mentor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Abstract/Artist Statement

Many research studies have been performed on the evaporation and water content in soil as it pertains to agricultural fields. However, this research has not been directly applied to the special topic of sport playing surfaces. In specific, baseball infields have a tendency to become too saturated to play on. Currently there are no cost and time effective methods for drying baseball infields. From a soil mechanics study done at the University of the Pacific it was shown that a gas fueled torch was the most efficient technique in drying out a soil surface. The objective for this project is to create a drying machine that will dry an inch of rain from the soil in three hours or less. This design will also be safe and easy to operate for a single user and be relatively inexpensive compared to alternative options. The motivation for this project stems from a personal interest in baseball having played in college and a lack of a product that functions adequately to prevent game delays and cancellations.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

27-4-2013 2:00 PM

End Date

27-4-2013 3:30 PM

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Soil Drying Machine

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Many research studies have been performed on the evaporation and water content in soil as it pertains to agricultural fields. However, this research has not been directly applied to the special topic of sport playing surfaces. In specific, baseball infields have a tendency to become too saturated to play on. Currently there are no cost and time effective methods for drying baseball infields. From a soil mechanics study done at the University of the Pacific it was shown that a gas fueled torch was the most efficient technique in drying out a soil surface. The objective for this project is to create a drying machine that will dry an inch of rain from the soil in three hours or less. This design will also be safe and easy to operate for a single user and be relatively inexpensive compared to alternative options. The motivation for this project stems from a personal interest in baseball having played in college and a lack of a product that functions adequately to prevent game delays and cancellations.