Washington, March 16 : A scientist of Indian origin is eveloping a pedal-powered grain crusher, that people in eveloping countries can use to process anything from corn to arley.
The scientist in question is Dr. Beena Sukumaran, a civil and nvironmental engineering professor from Rowan University.
Along with Heather Klein, Josh Bonzella and Kevin McGarvey, all ngineering majors, Sukumaran has built an aluminum grain crusher hat attaches to a bicycle, which is mounted on a stand.
As a rider pedals, the back wheel moves a contact element that urns a pulley that moves plates in the crusher to process the ood from large to fine pieces suitable for cooking.
"We wanted to come up with some kind of mechanized device that oes not depend on power," said Sukumaran.
According to her, if the Rowan team members come up with a orkable design, they can transfer it to people in developing ations to produce themselves.
"That's why we didn't want a very complicated design," said ukumaran, who added that members of Rowan's EWB (Entrepreneurs ithout Borders) teams traveling to El Salvador and Senegal this ear will contact local villages there to determine if they could enefit from such equipment.
According to Bonzella, their team made many different size tires or the grain crusher so that a number of wheel configurations ill work with it.
"This bike could be any bike. Someone could ride this from illage to village and then connect to the community grinder and asically perform this task," he said.
If it's successful, the grain crusher can help produce food for esidents of Third World countries and enable some people to enerate an income as they travel from community to community rushing foodstuff for a price.
"It will be nice to see it used by people who really need it," aid Klein. "That will be the best thing - that people's lives an be made easier because of this project," she added.