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.
This article was previously called Article 23.
"Volume of an Industrial Autoclave,"
Undergraduate Journal of Mathematical Modeling: One + Two:
1, Article 11.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5038/2326-3622.214.171.124 Available at: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/ujmm/vol3/iss1/23
Thomas Bieske, Mathematics and Statistics
Scott Campbell, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering
Salvatore Madaffarri, Sales Representative, Stericycle Incorporated