T.A. Brown Mechanical Aerator

EPA Grant Number: SU833149
Title: T.A. Brown Mechanical Aerator
Investigators: Schaad, David
Current Investigators: Schaad, David , Ernst, Alison , Coles, Jeff , Pearson, Lee , Voorhees, Leslie , Canning, Patrick , Yamanaka, Yvonne
Institution: Duke University
EPA Project Officer: Page, Angela
Phase: I
Project Period: September 1, 2006 through May 30, 2007
Project Amount: $10,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2006) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: P3 Challenge Area - Agriculture , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Awards , Sustainability


Students in the Environmental Engineering and Waster Resources capstone design class in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will undertake a project in conjunction with Serasih Indonesia to develop a prototype mechanical aerator to be used in aquaculture livelihood restoration projects in and around Banda Aceh, Indonesia. On December 26, 2004 a tsunami ravaged shorelines along Southeast Asia, destroying lives, homes and shrimp and fish hatcheries which form a portion of the local economy. As part of the capstone class, students will develop a prototype mechanical aerator which can be used by local aquaculture farmers to oxygenate their shrimp hatcheries or “tambaks”, thereby increasing the economic yield of the harvest. Issues of sustainability in the construction and operation of the aerator will be considered. Specific items to be addressed are the use of locally available materials and construction techniques, ease of maintenance and repair, and simplicity of use. Use of technologically appropriate construction and maintenance will be examined. Additionally, as part of this project, some of the students will visit the impacted area and assist the tsunami survivors with the installation of the prototype aerator and on-site testing of the device.

Supplemental Keywords:

mechanical aerator, tsunami recovery, aquaculture, aquatic habitat, sustainable development,, RFA, Scientific Discipline, Geographic Area, Sustainable Industry/Business, Sustainable Environment, Technology for Sustainable Environment, International, Environmental Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, sustainable development, aerator, engineering, agriculture, Indonesia, pollution prevention

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report