Rice Tanker

Wireless Fluid Level Monitor for Oil Storage Tanks


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2011-2012 Team
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Team Name
Rice Tanker
Project Title
Wireless Fluid Level Monitor for Oil Storage Tanks
Design Challenge
More than 800,000 oil tanks are measured inadequately through a manual labor due to expensive utilitarian cost involved in installation and maintenance of more reliable automated method. We are developing a wireless sensor system that can accurately and inexpensively measure the fluid level of above ground oil storage tanks without making any modification to the tank or costly maintenance.
Design Summary
Our design is based around a submersible pressure transducer that is dropped into the tank and uses wireless communications to transmit pressure data to a separate external module, which combines data with other factors including temperature readings to return a fluid level measurement.

We have developed a 3-component system that is ready to be deployed into the oil tank. Sensor unit in the bottom of the tank, relay under the hatch that will act as a middle man to relay the data outside, and the receiver outside of the tank that is designed to interact with cell modem module.

For more information, feel free to contact us at ricetanker@gmail.com

Last Updated: 4/15/2012
Sensorfield LLC
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Advisor 1 - Name
Gary Woods
Faculty Advisor 2 - Name
Marica O'Malley

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Award(s) and Recognition
Best Energy Related Engineering Design Project - 2012 Brown School of Engineering Design Showcase and Poster Competition
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Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen
Rice University

6100 Main Street MS 390 | Houston, Texas | 77005

Phone: 713.348.OEDK

Email: oedk@rice.edu

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