Resource Library

At IDIN, we’re all about learning, especially when it’s hands-on. Here we’ve compiled some of our favorite resources, many of which are used at our trainings and summits around the world.

Performance Evaluation of a Mixed Mode Solar Dryer Incorporating a Backup Heater for Drying Cocoyam Slices

  • Student Papers

This dissertation by KNUST student Benjamin Donkor evaluates the performance of a mixed mode solar dryer with a backup heater. The dryer was evaluated on the parameters of drying rate, efficiency, and drying time with and without the backup heater.

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An Analysis of Zambian Cast-Aluminum Pots

  • Student Papers

Aluminum pots cast by small Zambian business often fail under normal use scenarios. This report explores why these pots fail and how local practices can be improved to prevent common use failures. 

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Production of Biogas from Fruit and Vegetable Wastes

  • Student Papers

This KNUST student thesis presents results on biogas production from mixtures of fruit and vegetable waste materials and a mixture of fruit and vegetable waste materials.

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Potential Causes of Failure in an Aluminum Sand-Cast Pot from Zambia

  • Student Papers

This report explores the failure of sand-cast aluminum pots, and how such pots could be improved to prevent future failure. 

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Evaluation of Hand and Foot Operated Rice Threshers

  • Student Papers

This KNUST student thesis analyzes the threshing speed, threshing losses, drugery, threshing efficiency and threshing capacity of two rice threshers produced in Ghana: a hand-operated and a foot-operated thresher.

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Innovations in Cassava Grating in Ghana

  • Student Papers

This report explores the design and development of a portable, off-the-shelf cassava grater in Ghana by students at Olin College. 

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Performance Evaluation of a Motorized Mini Rice Thresher

  • Student Papers

This KNUST student thesis evaluates a mechanized rice thresher developed in Konongo, Ghana on the parameters of capacity, efficiency, optimum speed for threshing, and fuel consumption.

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Innovations in Cassava Pressing in Ghana

  • Student Papers

This report explores the design and development of a portable screw-based cassava press for gari producing women in Ghana by students at Olin College. 

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Modification of Furnace Design for the Production of Coke from Palm Kernel Shells for Metallurgical Processes

  • Student Papers

Palm kernel shells are produced as waste from palm oil and are utilized by blacksmiths after they have been charred to burn off the remaining oils in them. This KNUST student thesis analyzes the calorific value of palm kernel shells used during this process.

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Build-It: Detachable Arrowhead

  • Build-It

Build-It instructions for a detachable metal arrowhead. This build-it is designed to be taught to a group of all skill levels, and teaches hands-on basic metalworking techniques to those that participate.

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