Technical feasibility


SECTION I: Testing



Has the R & D result been tested?


Conceptual design stage with partial testing of some components of the project



The following question is replied according to the reply in question 1


If yes



In what mode has the result been tested?

•              Prototype

•              Pilot Application

•              Alpha/BETA testing


The decision relates to snow removal, particularly to a process for mechanized snow removal of roadways, sidewalks, similar areas and the preparation of use of the virgin snow, as both a barrier and preventive measure against natural disasters and anomalies.
The method consists in pressing the snow in the form of parallelepiped with appropriate configuration and open (for bond m / s in two parts) end angle of the short sides.
Snow by rakes equipment mounted snowplow or other type of snow removing vehicles, shall be submitted to the assembly on production line with continuous press motion, pressed in parallelepiped set configuration parameters for easy transporting, installation, disposal. Thus provided durability and traction for mounting in clear and neat in volume units, vertical and angle holes short sided. Pressed snow feeder is loaded on loading chassis racks near the dams to serve as a barrier or where needed for transportation. Mounted on the highways, it serves as a barrier against wind-blown crashes and drifts, against flooding, with a sustainable basis. Using landscape they may form a temporary reservoirs mounted in fixed gateways, regulating flow of water. It replaces costly dams, can be built where needed, aiming in two directions – both prevention and environmental problems solving. Slow continued melting and slow runoff are two other factors affecting the climate and environment. After complete melting the snow bricks barriers reveal unharmed and unchanged landscape.
1b. Please describe and discuss the testing results
The proposed technology allows pressing, easy storing and disposal of large amounts of snow. The pressed snow “bricks” could be easily sorted and loaded on trucks. They could be used “on spot” for creating protective barriers against wind and subsequent snow-blown problems in certain areas on the highways, roads and near buildings. Can be installed along river banks, serving as a temporary dike, with width and height, according to the flow, volume and quantity of the water table. The researcher has tested some of the modules for snow pressing.


SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development



To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )
The inventor managed to create and describe a working method for easy collection and transportation of pressed snow bricks. Additional technical staff must be involved for supporting the production of the new product. The researcher hasn’t any hardware and manufacturing equipment at her disposal.


What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?
The product is at conceptual design stage. The first stage in development of the product is the manufacturing of a working prototype. The intensive testing and evaluation of the prototype must confirm the conceptual design and the idea behind the development. The positive test results will allow a preparation of a pilot batch.



What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?
The inventor is as a physical person, as such she lacks any manufacturing equipment. This means the preparation of future prototype can be outsourced to a small metal processing company, of course under direct supervision of the researcher.

A small future company manufacturer of the product must invest in developing producing powers, necessary for manufacturing of small scale production, at the first stage. Basically it will need basic metal milling/grinding equipment with the corresponding number of operators and technical staff.




Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.
The conceptual idea is interesting and can lead to a useful product. Manufacturing of at least one working prototype is a must for continuing the project. The tests in real winter conditions must prove the effectiveness of the concept and help for more precise determination of technical and material resources, necessary for manufacturing.


SECTION 3: Deployment


Define the demands for large scale production in terms of
  • Materials
The materials, needed for manufacturing of the product are conventional, well-known and widely available alloys. The reduced use of raw materials will make the product cost effective and relatively easy for implementation even is large scale production.


  • technologies, tools, machineries
For starting a small batch production the company will need conventional universal metalworking equipment, consisting of lathes, universal milling machines and a metalworking CNC controlled turning center for a future broadening of the production.


  • Staff effort
The inventor has the full know how and abilities to provide close monitoring and control during the production process. More specialized staff must be involved in the preparation of the prototype, as well as manufacturing of the pilot batch.




SECTION 4: Overall Assessment



What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?
The proposed model and conception promise good results, however a working prototype must be manufactured. The extensive testing in real conditions must prove the effectiveness and the level of implementation of the conceptual design.



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