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MONITORING PRESQUE ISLE BAY DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A SEDIMENT COLLECTION DEVICE ERIKA SCHMIDT SHELDON ADDIS STEPHEN COX BENJAMIN THOMPSON NICHOLE MCGUIRE.

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1 MONITORING PRESQUE ISLE BAY DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A SEDIMENT COLLECTION DEVICE ERIKA SCHMIDT SHELDON ADDIS STEPHEN COX BENJAMIN THOMPSON NICHOLE MCGUIRE SEAN HERRON BARRY BRINKMAN, PH.D. KARINNA M. VERNAZA, PH.D. GANNON UNIVERSITY, ERIE, PA REGIONAL SCIENCE CONSORTIUM 8 TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

2 HISTORY OF THE SCHOLARSHIP Scholars of Excellence in Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) NSF, Directorate of Undergraduate Education Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) Grant of $600,000 awarded in July graduates of the program, to date 26 current SEECS scholars: five seniors, six juniors, seven sophomores, and eight freshmen Renewal awarded in May 2012 for $600, TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

3 BACKGROUND Creeks are becoming polluted Debris, Toxic contaminants, etc. Pennsylvania Sea Grant (Non-profit Organization) - Promotes the ecological and economic sustainability of Pennsylvania's coastal resources through research and outreach … focusing on the Lake Erie and Delaware River drainages of Pennsylvania - Partnered with Gannon University SEECS program - Tasked with building a sediment collection device 3 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

4 DESIGN CONSTRAINTS The device to be prototyped and constructed should meet the following constraints: Collect two (2) liters of wet sediment Environmentally friendly Movable by one person Under SEECS budget Anchored in place Durable and reusable Collect sediment of different sizes 4 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

5 OUTLINE: DESIGN AND BUILDING PROCESS (10-12) Toured Cascade Creek Researched methods of sediment collection Designed, built and tested two prototypes Combined and optimized initial designs Constructed final product Implemented sediment collection device 5 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

6 RESEARCH Initial ideas Pump water out of creek to a filter Modified downstream defender Use bedload sampler 6 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

7 SEDIMENT COLLECTION DEVICE: Two designs were prototyped and tested Design 1 Design 2 7

8 RESULTS OF WEIR TANK TESTING DESIGN 1DESIGN 2 Confetti was employed to simulate sediment. Results were positive. 8 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

9 SEDIMENT COLLECTION DEVICE: Designs were consolidated and collector built Front Box Back Box Frame 9

10 FRAME DIMENSIONS 4 feet long by 2.5 feet wide 13 inches tall 8 inch platforms on sides Lid with latches Concrete blocks set on sides Held in place by L brackets 10 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

11 BOX DIMENSIONS Two boxes 18 long 12 tall and wide 8 wide by 5 deep opening Screen at front and back openings First Box Four baffles Second Box Three baffles Elbow joint at exit 11 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

12 BUILDING 12 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

13 FINISH PROJECT CONT. ASSEMBLED 13 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

14 IMPLEMENTATION PICTURES 14

15 INITIAL RESULTS After two weeks in the Cascade Creek, sediment was collected. Boxes were not locked during the first deployment. 15 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

16 QUESTIONS? 16 8TH ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM


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