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A System Designed to Convert Plastic Waste Product into Utilitarian Artifacts

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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A Technology Potpourri II

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Engineering Technology

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Duong Vu Duy Tan University-Vietnam


Ashfaq Ahmed P.E. Purdue University Northwest

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Ashfaq Ahmed is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Purdue University Northwest. Ahmed received his bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Karachi in 1973 and master's of applied science degree in 1978 from University of Waterloo. He is the author of a textbook on power electronics, published by Prentice-Hall. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Indiana. He is a senior member of IEEE. Ahmed’s current interests include embedded system design, electric vehicle, and VHDL design.

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Omer Farook Purdue University Northwest

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Omer Farook is a member of the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Purdue University, Nothwest. Farook received the diploma of licentiate in mechanical engineering and B.S.M.E. in 1970 and 1972, respectively. He further received B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. in 1978 and 1983, respectively, from Illinois Institute of Technology. Farook’s current interests are in the areas of embedded system design, hardware-software interfacing, digital communication, networking, image processing, and biometrics, C++, Python, PHP and Java languages. He has a keen interest in pedagogy and instruction delivery methods related to distance learning. He has a deep commitment to social justice and in achieving economic and educational equity.

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The paper expounds a Senior Design Project that was undertaken that converts Plastic waste into Utilitarian artifacts. The paper presents here the practice followed by the authors in their respective Department of …………………………………….. at ………………………………….

This paper describes the following promising solution: a) Set up and organize system for collecting plastic used for water and soda bottles, b) Design and Manufacture production line for automatically processing plastic bottles to make plastic wire of various sizes, c) Use the plastic wire to make prototype of useful products like table, chair, roofing, decorations, etc.

This paper covers the design details of three machines that are core in the successful implementation of the project. The first machine that converts waste plastic into plastic wire. The second machine is for straitening of plastic wire. The third machine is for kneading straight plastic wire into various artifacts of choice.

The paper brings forth the projects economic and social benefits. On the economical side, this will minimize all expenditure for waste processing related to disposition of the plastic waste, create more jobs for population, especially in rural areas and provide plastic products with reasonable price for low income population. On the Social side, this will improve environmental conditions, reduce landfill waste, eliminate spreading of disease due to contamination when burning and melting of plastics. The project enhances students’ awareness of ecology, and environmental protection of community.

The pedagogy of the course delivery is based on “Interactive Learning Model”. The paper elaborates the benefits derived through the pedagogical approaches of keeping the learner actively engaged in all aspects of discovery and design. The course interactively involves the learner in directing and defining the material under discourse. The paper presents the details of pedagogical approach that was implemented in successful implementation of this course.

Vu, D., & Ahmed, A., & Farook, O. (2018, June), A System Designed to Convert Plastic Waste Product into Utilitarian Artifacts Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29734

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