The group of students estimate that the invention will improve energy efficiency by at least 5 percent and drying efficiency by at least 25 percent.
“That is huge for an already energy-efficient machine. In an age where energy is getting expensive and standards keep rising, every bit counts. Given the average life of these machines is more than seven years, operators will enjoy the cost-saving benefits from the invention,” Anim-Mensah said.
The team started in 2015 with four students, who started by creating a solid barrier to block the dishwasher’s opening. Three other students joined the project a year later.
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“This project has helped me apply concepts learned in class. I would tell anyone looking to do something like this to be open to exploring new ideas and concepts. That’s how we’ve been successful,” Prasanna Murlidharan, current UD renewable and clean energy graduate student, said.
This is not the only success of UD’s School of Engineering’s Innovation Center. In the past two decades, UD students have worked on more than 1,000 projects with more than 200 industry partners, according to UD.
Students collaborated with Hobart, as the company has been associated with UD for more than a decade.
“Hobart has been a strong supporter of our Innovation Center and assisting our students with experiential learning opportunities for more than 15 years. The opportunity Hobart has given our students to be part of this patent process is one not many get as an undergraduate,” Becky Blust, Innovation Center director, said.
Hobart is a subsidiary of ITW Food Equipment Group LLC.
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