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Publication Year

2010

Abstract

We were able to determine the volume of an industrial autoclave sterilization tank using a technique learned in calculus. By measuring the dimensions of the tank and roughly estimating the equation of curvature at the ends of the tank, we were able to revolve half of the end of the tank around the x axis to get its fluid volume. Adding the two volumes of the ends and the volume of the cylindrical portion on the tank yielded the total volume.

Erratum

This article was previously called Article 23.

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Advisors:

Thomas Bieske, Mathematics and Statistics

Scott Campbell, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

Problem Suggester:

Salvatore Madaffarri, Sales Representative, Stericycle Incorporated