Design and fabrication of small scale automatic chicken hatching machine
Tan, Chang Loke
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This project is about designing a fully automatic small scale chicken hatching machine. The increase in global population has caused the traditional incubation method unable to afford the demand of food required. Thus, the incubator is one of the ways that overcome the problem stated. However, commercial incubator nowadays is expensive for fully automated incubator and inconvenient for the semi-automatic and manually incubator. The designs of incubation chamber and egg turning, temperature and humidity mechanism are the main elements of this project. The air flow and temperature distribution inside the incubation chamber will be analyzed by using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation. In addition, the program code for temperature, humidity and egg turning mechanism is written and downloaded into Arduino platform. The prototype machine will be fabricated based on the final design of incubation chamber and the control mechanism of egg turning, temperature and humidity. Further analysis of temperature and humidity deviation will be carried out to make sure the functionality of the incubator. By implementing the design, the final product will be fully automatic incubator using embedded system control with uniform temperature distributed inside the incubation chamber. Besides that, the incubator is designed to be cost effective and capable to reduce the burden of small and mediumsized enterprises.