I'm currently working on my honours thesis, investigating different materials to be used for dust mask design in India.
I’ll be looking at how locally available fabrics can be used in developing cheap dust masks. Through trying various combinations of fabrics and orientations, I’ll hopefully find some effective dust filters!
The development of locally-produced dust masks will have a great impact on Indian community. Not only will the workers be better protected from potentially life-threatening lung diseases, but there may be an opportunity for the development micro-businesses to help disadvantaged people earn an income.
Silicosis is a major problem at many sites in India, so there is a great need for engineering solutions to the dust control issue. Masks form only a small part of the solution to this issue.
I became aware of Engineers Without Borders and the work they do through my uni study and peers, so was excited to take on one of their undergrad projects.
I have also worked part-time with the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC), and have been inspired by some of the work they have been doing through the SMEC Foundation.
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