College of Engineering Unit:
In the Pacific Northwest, Bigleaf Maple tappers and sugarmakers insert plastic spiles into the trees which direct the 98-99% water sugar solution or “sap” through a web of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) tubing to a sugar shack for processing. In the upcoming season, thousands of feet of tubing, along with the other small parts, will be retired for a wider diameter tubing. Additionally, the plastic equipment wears down, erodes, succumbs to nature requiring removal, replacement and disposal. However, neither the quantity nor frequency of disposal are yet known nor predictable. So the team has built a database and a used tubing preparation process to facilitate future disposal.
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