Sargassum is a natural, even essential, part of the Caribbean's ecosystems but theserecent blooms are having a devastating impact on the region, both ecologically andeconomically. Many tourist areas and islands were inundated this year. It piles up onbeaches, sometimes many feet thick covering large area of shore waters and begins to decay. In the process of decay, the hydrogen sulphide that gets released smells like rotting eggs and many resorts had to close their doors. Hydrogen sulphide is dangerous to humans in large quantities, causing headaches, dizziness, nausea and even asthma has been reported in some local communities. Since the species are Sargassum natans and Sargassum fluitans float they block sunlight creating dead zone beneath them because plants under need sunlight to survive. The cleanup and removal of sargassum is an expensive task because they come in large quantities at fast rate which makes the traditional and modern clean up method very high cost dependent.
This project is about building a fully automation cleanup mechanism that can trap, collect and transport the incoming Sargassum in shore land without ground accessibility interference at all times. This is done by installing special kind of pipe line that have opening in the forth quadrant seen from the left side or in the first quadrant seen from the right side taking the center as origin on the shore land near to the shore water that enables the special pipe line trap, collect and transport the incoming Sargassum at all time without any human interaction. As the wave of the shore water pushes the Sargassum in to the land, the pushed Sargassum will be forced to enter in to the special pipe through the opening with some of the water. As the water enters in to the special pipe line it will travel to perpendicular direction from where is came from because of the pipe line shape pushing the Sargassum with it. This will make the Sargassum distribute horizontally and not settle in one location. The installed special pipe line also will be used for drainage system for local community so there will be some force that will push the Sargassum in the special pipe line in to one direction with the sea water. This will make the Sargassum travel with the drainage system pushed from the shore where the resorts are located in to some other destination where it will be captured by a simple net system installed at the end o the pipe line like the Australian sewer line initial filtration system. Note that the pipe line before and after it reaches the shore land where Sargassum will be clean will have standard shame without any opening in its side.
Constrain to overcome
The main limitation this design needs to overcome is deciding how much diameter of the special pipe line to install so that the drainage force that will push the Sargassum which is in the pipe line will not force it out in to the environment. This will be answered by the data of the maximum amount of Sargassum come in the shore; the higher the volume of the Sargassum, the higher diameter of the special pipe line will be. The other concern one may raise is it safe for peoples to near the special pipeline to have exposed pipe line in terms of health and safety. In terms of health, it is up to the community of the location to dispose healthy fluid in to the pipe line and in the Caribbean society this will not be an issue because the cleanness of their environment is their income because of local resorts and such. In terms of the safety the special pipe line is designed to be safe when someone steps of top of the pipe line their legs will not enter in to the opening. This is because the opening starts from 180 degree and ends at 225 degrees which is 45 degree of opening for places where the Sargassum comes in maximum amount. But for places where the Sargassum comes in small amount the angle drops down to its lowest amount. This implies that at maximum opening angle the special pipe...Read more »