College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Department
BS in Mechanical Engineering
A gravity-fed, drip irrigation system prototype has been developed for use in raised garden beds and other small-scale crop irrigation applications. The original developer of the prototype and sponsor of the project, Tina Creel, is seeking to refine it into a functional consumer product through the implementation of technical engineering and standard manufacturing processes. The scope of the project includes the tank support system and supply of water to the sponsors current piping subsystem. It does not include any modifications to the bed, piping system or water tank itself. The target specifications of the system include its load capacity, dimensions, susceptibility to leakage, durability, and assembly time. Numerous potential design concepts were ideated and compared so that a design direction could be established. This document serves as a complete outline of the project and includes the initial design/research proceedings, concept design process, explanation of the chosen design, and the manufacturing process as well as the testing results for the prototype design.