Preliminary design of an aquatic microplastics filter device for marine zones
Tutor / directorGonçalves Ageitos, María
Document typeBachelor thesis
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One of the biggest problems the ecosystem will be facing the upcoming years will be microplastics. These tiny bits of plastics, which range from few micrometres to five millimetres, represent an invisible enemy. They spread rapidly and its presence has rapidly increased this past decades due to macroplastic degradation. This thesis provides a detailed solution for filtering microplastics from water, which is a preliminary design of a device capable of filtering microplastics autonomously for approximately two years in marine zones far from coastlines. This paper contains the background on microplastics problem, the methods followed for all the estimations on the different systems and mechanism conforming the device, the final design as well as an environmental and economic feasibility study on the final design. The primary target of this thesis is all those people searching for new ways to help on the battle with ocean contamination and that are willing to take action against the earth pollution; however, researchers and entrepreneurs with all levels of experience may find useful and innovative ideas in this thesis.
DegreeGRAU EN ENGINYERIA EN TECNOLOGIES AEROESPACIALS (Pla 2010)
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