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“IR (Infrared) Lave”

Creators: Reda, Md, Ammar, Ithar, Nabeeha, Shayan, and Oyeshi
High School Students from the Full Metal Beavers team from First Robotics @ Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences
Design 1

About this Project:

Due to the pandemic, we have seen the problem with the MTA subways and sanitization. Unsanitary conditions can cause people to get sick as well as causing a higher chance of carrying diseases. We have designed a state-of-the-art system that can get rid of germs quickly. This will help drop infection rates and make passengers feel more comfortable on their ride. We have remodeled the inside of the NYC train to fit this. We have added an automatic fogging system that will clean the train carts before passengers enter to sanitize the surrounding areas for passengers.

We also replaced the seats with a brand new material that is resistant to bacteria. We made sure that the seats are easily replaceable to limit the accumulation of germs. We made sure to use environmentally safe and biodegradable material because this is one of the values that we strive for. Sanitation is vital because it increases the health and safety of our everyday lives.

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Design 2


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The fogging system uses room temperature water that flows through two water tubes to be heated by the infrared lights then be dispersed into the middle ventilation system. Then with the vent holes, the moist air will spread all over the train car and sanitize it. The train will be cleaned by this system in the morning and after rush hour when the trains are unoccupied.

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Feedback from the Judges:

👏 Technology Lecturer at Several Universities — Emoti-Con Judge
Nice work putting together several ideas to keep mass transit clean and sanitary. Consider sharing some research showing how a moist fog could be effective to disinfect surfaces, perhaps with the addition of something to the water. It's good to see your thinking about the mechanisms (IR heating), and the CAD renders are cool. They help us understand how the water is heated and where the unit it fits within the car. I like the ideas for new materials for seating and other surfaces, too. Good job!

👏 Engineer Of Things at Power Home Remodeling — Emoti-Con Judge
Great idea! "IR Lave" could be added to many public transportation systems world wide. I would have liked to see a bit more on how well the fog dissipates and how quickly the cars become usable again.
Overall this is a well thought out project and could be further developed into an actual product.

👏 Senior Product Manager at Range — Emoti-Con Judge
I love this idea, so relevant for today. It's been tough seeing subways not run 24 hours for a bit, I love your thinking on when to clean them for maximum efficiency. I'd love to see links to research to back up some of your proposals, it's clear you did your research. As a cheery on top, it's environmentally friendly, too!

👏 Adjunct Professor, Computer Science and Information Systems at University of the Potomac — Emoti-Con Judge
Great idea. Have you tried to pitch it to the railway companies?

👏 Director of Technology at I&CO — Emoti-Con Judge
You've done a great job here of taking an idea and turning it into something real, which is not easy to do. The amount of detail in the CAD drawings is wonderful, and I had no idea about some of the sustainable materials you were recommending so I got to learn about that too. I would have loved to see more detail about the ventilation improvements you made in the second iteration, but that's only because I got so curious about the idea and just wanted to know more about it. Excellent work.

👏 Engineer at Engineering — Emoti-Con Judge
I loved the idea behind making the subway ride cleaner and safer! I thought that your material science research and ideas were well thought out. I really liked that you talked about the phases of your design process. The CAD model was detailed and well done and clearly illustrated your idea. Great job!

Feedback from the Community:

Lucas 👏 a High School Student
This project looks super cool! Maybe you could some labels to your images to make clear how exactly you are going to improve the interior, and in specific locations. But besides that, the 3D modeling and overall idea looks really cool!