College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Department
BS in Mechanical Engineering
The purpose of this document is to communicate the research, findings, and recommendations of the mechanical engineering team regarding the Same Polytechnic College project. This report includes a discussion of the design process utilized by the interdisciplinary team to construct preliminary building designs for both classroom and dormitory building modules. The mechanical team conducted testing using the wind tunnel to verify major building envelope design decisions. The following report also includes an explanation of the thermal testing that the team conducted to measure the thermal conductivity, diffusivity, and specific heat of bricks made to mimic those made locally in Same, Tanzania. The test combines predictions made in EES, transient testing using thermocouples, calorimetry, and MATLAB. The report concludes with recommendations made by the mechanical team for future design implementations.