Team 71

Team Members

Faculty Advisor

Tyler Salzillo
Jeremiah Ebel
Samuel Williams

Dr. David Giblin


UConn School of Engineering

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Water Pump Design for Reverse Osmosis System

Owners and crew members of seafaring vessels across the fishing, military, transport, and recreational industries have an immense interest in access to clean potable water onboard. Today’s seafaring vessels have been equipped with many modern technologies that help make voyages safer, more comfortable, and more impactful in military and lifesaving applications. Nonetheless, these vessels face non-negotiable constraints brought on by the ocean in which they sail. Adequate onboard access to clean potable water is a necessity. Without it, voyages pose the risk of significant losses of life. Efficient production of drinkable water at sea ensures that crew members can work under safe and healthy conditions during normal operation. Furthermore, it can extend the likelihood of survival for crew members across a variety of emergency situations.​ The objective of this project is to design, prototype, and test a water pump to be used in a reverse osmosis (RO) system for use by the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) in their Leadership Type 44 sailboat. The USCGA owned and operated Leadership 44 sailboat, built by Morris Yachts, is used to train cadets on leadership skills and real-world seafaring along the east coast. Current RO solutions utilize water pumps that are unreliable and inefficient, therefore, an energy-efficient, compact, and durable reverse osmosis pump is needed to provide the Leadership 44 and countless other vessels with clean water without compromising key onboard operations.