This project is a redesign of the heat exchanger system in the Cardamom Spice Dryer. Guatemala is the world's biggest producer and exporter of cardamom, the third most expensive spice by weight. The project goal is to make the wood-burning dryer more efficient with respect to time and materials as deforestation is a major concern. This redesign is to be easily implemented into the current model for the 12,000 dryers located throughout in Guatemala.
In April 2018, a group of MSOE students performed a preliminary assessment trip of a dryer site and manufacturer in Cobán to gather information regarding design constraints, observe the cardamom dryer and understand the drying process, and develop relationships with the community and Heifer International. Heifer International Guatemala, a global nonprofit working to eradicate poverty and hunger, has been collaborating with small-scale Guatemalan farm families to improve their local environment and the management of their natural resources. In the 2018-2019 academic year, a group of MSOE students is partnering with Heifer International to proceed with analysis and design of the cardamom dryer heat exchanger component, and the team will travel for an implementation trip.
Current Project Manager: Tanner Vaculik, Hazel Ringpis
Previous Project Manager: Nicole Weise, Ethan Schrag, Maia Heineck
Faculty Advisor: Todd Davis, Ph.D., PE