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Janelle L.

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Problem 1: Rat Eradicator

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Related Thesis #1

Title: Electronic Pest Repeller

Author: Janice L. Dela Rosa, BSEE

Date: March 2006

Abstract: So many remarkable things are happening in the world of science and technology but yet
there is no effective solution to repel pests electronically. This review paper focus on the
various pest controlling methods and also talks about the electronic pest’s controller based
on frequency generation technique. The various pesticides, herbicides and other repellent
are toxic and are risk for human health. Electronic Pest Repeller is an emerging technology
which is cheap, ecofriendly and effective and produces no risk at all to human. Electronic
Pest Repeller is an electronic device that is capable of generating sound of ultrasonic
frequency range, not audible to human ear but to pests like rodents, birds, insects etc.
Because of the sound of this frequency pests feel unpleasant and due to intense auditory
stress they move away from the device. The device can be utilized by general public to
repel mosquito, farmers to repel rodents, insects and other pests.

Related Thesis #2

Title: Modified Exhaust Fan with attached Insect Zapping Unit

Author: Carlo G. Villaester, BSME

Date: March 17, 2017

Abstract: Nowadays, the appearance of the insect’s rapid growth become common as they seem to
come into site the most is when they are in their mating season. The researchers then agreed
in designing to kill these pests. This device can be installed in different location as long as
there is a power supply present or neither the battery is charge. The thesis study is composed
of complete design, production, and installation and testing of the zapping unit attached
UV light, attracted and exhaust fan that are powered and operated by electric power. The
device consists of design and production of vacuum r=effect which is the main components
of this unit as attracts the insects. The equipment overall study enables to convince that the
unit is suitable for actual installation in different areas that the device can generated enough
power to zap insects for the benefits of the society.
Related Thesis #3

Title: Development of a Portable Mosquito Eradicator

Author: Charles Isabelo Z. Padilla, BSME

Date: April 30, 2018

Abstract: The notable number of dengue cases growth around the world. The researcher to decide to
help reduce the impact of mosquito-borne diseases in our community by designing and
fabricating a device that can eradicate these virus spreading insect. This study provides a
complete design, fabrication, testing and installation of the unit which is comprise of an
electronic mesh. This study conducted and prove the effectiveness of the device in
eradicating mosquito. This study could help the government to decrease the impact of
mosquito health related issue in our community and also help individuals to avoid or at
least minimize the risk of being hospitalized.

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Title: Contributions to the development of effective food baits and pheromone lures for
capturing mice and rats

Author: Antonia Elizabeth Musso, B.Sc., Simon Fraser University

Date: April 21, 2016

Abstract: My research aimed to improve trap captures of mice and rats by incorporating food cues
and pheromone signals into a bait complex. I show that a food bait consisting of cereals,
fructose, soy lecithin and a semi chemical blend in safflower oil, suspended in a
gelatin/water solution, mediates feeding by mice and rats in the laboratory and capture of
wild mice in the field. Traps baited with bedding soiled by caged male mice attracted
juvenile and adult female mice, indicating the presence of a sex pheromone in soiled
bedding. Analyses of male and female bedding odorants by gas chromatography-mass
spectrometry show that the known primer pheromone components 3,4-dehydro-exo-
brevicomin (DEB) and 2-sec-butyl-4,5-dihydrothiazole (DHT) were present in male
bedding. In a field experiment, traps baited with DEB and DHT captured four times more
female mice than corresponding control traps, indicating that DEB and DHT are sex
attractant pheromone components of male house mice.
Related Thesis #5

Title: Design and Development of Variable Frequency Ultrasonic Pest Repeller

Author: K. Nithiyananthan, CMR Institute of Technology

Date: August 2017

Abstract: The main objective of this research work is to develop a prototype model of a variable
frequency ultrasonic pest repeller. In order to protect human being from the pest disease
such as leptospirosis, typhoid fever, dysentery, cholera, poliomyelitis, yaws, anthrax and
dengue, a highly efficient pest repeller is required. The diseases caused by the pests in the
environment should be controlled. Thus, it leads to the design and development of an
ultrasonic pest repeller where the frequency of emission of ultrasonic sound is continuously
varied step-by-step automatically from the range of 25 kHz to 65 KHz. This electrical pest
repeller can be used to repel rats, cockroaches, mosquitoes, and other pests. It is controlled
by a built-in microcomputer, carrier wave pulses circuit, and carrier frequency pulse
circuitry. The pest repeller using high-frequency pulse acoustic waves and electromagnetic
waves to attack the nervous system of pests. The only way for them to survive is to leave
the area. No smell, no poison, no fumes, non-audible and no side effect to human. It can be
used continuously and suitable for use in homes, offices, restaurants, warehouses etc.

Related Thesis #6

Title: Development and preliminary testing of an electronic pest repeller with automatic
frequency variation

Author: Simeon M. I, Mohammed A.S, Adebayo S. E. (Department of Agricultural and


Bioresources Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria.)

Date: January 2013

Abstract: This study presents the development and preliminary performance evaluation of an
improved electronic pest repeller with automatic frequency variation. The study is aimed
at developing a device that is capable of emitting ultrasonic energy of varied frequencies.
These frequencies do affect the auditory senses of pests such as rodents, avian and nocturnal
insects by making them uncomfortable in their abode. However, these frequencies do not
affect the hearing ability of man. An Astable Multi-vibrator (AMV), timer NE555 was used
to generate the required ultrasonic frequency and automatically varied in five steps. Five
variable resistors (each 100KΩ) were used to control the different frequencies selection.
Two transducers (tweeters) were employed to produce an efficient sound generated. The
unit was tested with three groups of white foot mice (Peromyscus leucopus) and a female
house mouse Mus musculus which all responded positively from a distance of up to fifteen
(15) meters from the source. The average designed efficiency was found to be 86.5%. The
device can be utilized by both small and large scale farmers for the purpose of repelling
pests. The performance of the device could be greatly improved with little modifications,
for instance, using microcontrollers and ultrasonic sensors to transmit the ultrasonic sound
in a special band of frequency.
Problem 2: Cluttered Fridge

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Title: Automated Electronic Evaporative Cooler for Fruit and Vegetable

Author: Lorenzo T, Dinco II, BSECE

Date: February 15, 2016

Abstract: Horticultural products such as fruits and vegetable are highly perishable in nature thus
maintaining the inside air conditions inside the storage helps extending their shelf life. The
proponents aimed to develop an automated electronic evaporative cooler in prolonging and
preserving the freshness and quality of fruits and vegetable. The study focuses construction
of an automated electronic evaporative cooler in which temperature and humidity were kept
under control as associated by standard temperature requirements 0of a specific fruit or
vegetable the system is composed of temperature and humidly sensor, water circulation
system, dc Fans which were all connected to a microcontroller that provide the appropriate
action or output. The proponents concluded that commodities stored inside the cooler
showed better conditions in terms of percentage weight loss visual quality and degree of
shriveling compared to those exposed outside the cooler. the study proves that using
electronic evaporative cooler can prolong the shelf life of the commodities.

Related Thesis #2

Title: Solar Powered Thermo- Electric Medical Cooler

Author: Dax E. Lopez, BSME

Date: March 20, 2017

Abstract: Vaccination had a very large role and impact to our society for it answers to the call of
curing various kinds of influenza virus. Vaccine Carriers are used in transportation of
vaccines by means of ice pack. The researchers created a “Solar Powered Thermo- Electric
Medical Cooler” that cools by using a thermos- electric module which is composed of
multiple poles and have the flowing charges that produces heat and cold to each side of the
module, operated by dc voltage with the electrical source from solar energy using solar
panel connected to a 12V battery. This cooler can contain 20 vials of vaccine and be cooled
for short period of time in the state of 2°C. This project is to create a benefit for peoples of
remote areas that may be reach by travelling even for the whole day.
Related Thesis #3

Title: 100 Frequency Synthesized Element to Repel Mango Hopper

Author: Rochelle Marie O. De Jesus, BSECE

Date: March 22, 2014

Abstract: The researchers entitling this project to made an advancement to Mango production. This
device which emits 100 different ultrasonic frequencies is designed to repel mango hoppers
more efficiently. The new device is smaller than the resent project and it uses Solar Panel
as its supply, a battery which lasts more than the previous Arduino component to acquire
desired frequency. The researchers identify the problem is that the mango hopper could
easily immune in their environment make the researchers to come to the idea to drive the
transducers to emit 100 frequencies having inform time travel causing the mango hoppers
to not to immune to their environment. From continuous study the researchers found that
the rate of repelling insects through ultrasonic frequency is low. It does disturb them but
not really could drive them away because ultrasonic frequency isn’t a full packed energy
to affect them substantially but through color and fragrance that the mango hopper is
attracted the most.

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Related Thesis #4

Title: Fridge space: journeys of the domestic refrigerator

Author: Watkins, Helen

Date: June 2008

Abstract: My dissertation emerges from a curiosity about the mundane objects and machines with
which we live and it pauses in Britain’s kitchens to ask what we might learn from looking
in the fridge. Considered by many to be a rather ordinary and unremarkable appliance, the
refrigerator forms a virtually ubiquitous backdrop to routine activities of feeding,
provisioning and storing, but rarely is it brought into explicit focus. The means by which
these techniques were translated into the home is central to my discussion and I show how
the domestication of refrigeration also played a role in the reconfiguration of associated
practices, such as freezing, shopping and eating. I consider the process of normalization
through which refrigerators shifted category from novel products to essential appliances
and argue that in many ways the refrigerator has now become integral to the constitution
of domestic space. My research follows the life course of the refrigerator and its journeys
through multiple sites and spaces, enabling me to analyze diverse refrigerator knowledge
and practices from repair shops and recycling facilities to scrap yards and museums, in
addition to the home. Although using a refrigerator is frequently dismissed as something
‘self-evident’ or ‘obvious,’ I argue that fridge practices are not innate but learned. The
‘reach’ of the domestic refrigerator is considerable and I use one of the more notorious
moments in its career, when refrigerators were implicated in global climate change, as a
way to show how day to day activities like chilling milk and lettuce can have far-reaching
effects at a range of scales.

Related Thesis #5
Title: Refrigerators Given Cold Shoulder: Strategies to Improve Sustainable Refrigerator
Management in Manitoba

Author: Scott Nicol

Date: February 2008

Abstract: Refrigerators contain significant amounts of ozone-depleting substances (ODS), which


must be recovered prior to disposal to prevent ozone depletion and climate change.
Currently, municipal governments are burdened with appliance management – utilizing
practices that encourage recovery of highly valuable resources but neglect recycling less
valuable and safely disposing of hazardous components. This thesis examined EOL
refrigerator management in Manitoba to recommend best practices and sustainable
frameworks for management. Objectives included: 1) identifying critical issues in EOL
refrigerator management and current waste management policy; 2) identifying gaps in
Manitoba’s refrigerator management policies, practice and procedure; 3) determining best
management frameworks for sustainable management; and 4) recommending feasible
management structures for implementation in Manitoba. Regulations on refrigerator
disposal were found to be most effective, as the scope encompasses all units for recycling;
targets and standards can be set; most advanced treatment technologies can be utilized; and
producers can help with waste management and redesign of sustainable products.

Related Thesis #6

Title: Refrigeration in Food Preservation and Processing

Author: Tuan Q Pham

Date: October 2014

Abstract: The aim of all food preservation methods is to slow down processes that cause deterioration
of quality and wholesomeness. Refrigeration applications are equipment that transfers heat
from the product or enclosure (refrigerated cabinet or room) to the colder refrigerant. This
chapter is only concerned with the applications side, since refrigeration providers are the
domain of mechanical engineers rather than food technologists. The prime objective of
food refrigeration is to preserve food quality and safety. Product quality factors include
visual appearance, texture, taste, flavor and nutritional contents. Freezing will kill a fraction
of the microorganisms but this cannot be relied on as a sterilization method. The design of
refrigerated storage and transport equipment’s and systems must aim to maintain the
required temperature, minimize temperature fluctuations, minimize radiation heat sources
(warm surfaces) and, if there are unwrapped products, minimize moisture loss by
maintaining high moisture and low air movement.
Problem 1 Solution:

Fill up holes with Steel Wool, unlike insulation, paper, or even drywall, mice can’t chew through
steel wool, and even if they did, they’d be dead before they made it into your pantry. Stuff any holes
where mice could be entering with steel wool and you’ll keep them from sneaking in.

Problem 2 Solution:

Keep Your Fridge Clutter-Free by some alyternatives probably heard the saying, “out of sight, out
of mind.” This rings especially true when it comes to food. While having a well-stocked fridge can be a
good thing, an overly filled fridge can be bad when it comes to food waste. Help avoid food spoilage by
keeping your fridge organized so you can clearly see foods and know when they were purchased. A good
way to stock your fridge is by using the FIFO method, which stands for “first in, first out.” For example,
when you buy a new carton of berries, place the newer package behind the old one. This helps ensure that
older food gets used, not wasted.