UC Davis and NAIST Students Take on Thermodynamic Challenge

Full blog post: http://engineering.ucdavis.edu/blog/uc-davis-naist-students-take-thermodynamic-challenge/.


On Thursday January 25, visiting graduate students from Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan and UC Davis chemical engineering graduate students collaborated in an engineering design challenge to create a container for a temperature-sensitive drug to be shipped overseas. Brian Higgins, professor emeritus of CHE Department at Davis guided students during this collaborative engineering design challenge.  

Eight teams consisting of four or five students each were presented with the same scenario: “You are a scientist/engineer for a pharmaceutical company and your company needs to ship overland a temperature sensitive drug to a distant city. During shipping the temperature of the drug should not exceed a specified temperature, and ideally be above a specified temperature. It has been suggested that the drug be packaged with dry ice to meet the temperature requirements during shipping. For safety reasons the packaging of the drug during transit must be sealed. No vents in the packaging are allowed.”

The students were asked to design their container by carrying out a dry-ice cooling experiment in a closed container. Andre Knoesen, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC Davis, and his student Ranil Ganath, designed and built the equipment for the challenge. 

To read more about this project, see the full blog post here!