The Flood Protection System
The Engineering Education Scheme offers Sixth Form Students the chance to solve a real engineering problem on behalf of a company which is prepared to sponsor them through the scheme. I was part of a team of four that was sponsored by Glaxosmithkline who set us the task of preventing floods on flat roofs at their R&D site in Harlow, Essex.
The project also doubled as the design and make aspect of my AS level Design & Techology course for which I was awarded a mark of 97%. On the EES I was responsible for turning the group's chosen ideas into workable mechanical solutions and designing the group's presentation.
Initially the groups agreed that best way to stop the flat roof from flooding was to protect the drainage channels and for this two initial ideas were sketched out.
After much discussion I began work on making the solution feasible which took a grate deal of effort as a number of design issues needed to be resolved, the soultions to which are heavily detailed in my AS level report.
In addition tothe mechanical solution the group also thought that an alarm system was required in the event that the prevention system should fail. For this I turned a sealed ABS box into a surface water detector, a circuit designed by the team would then transmit an alert signal to a control box which I had made. Click to expand images.