The RVCC Poster Session last week was an awesome event! With attendees, poster projects, professors, and familiar faces, everything went quite well.
Before the event, I met some of the other officers from the RVCC Engineering Club (I'm the Project Manager for the club), who were very eager to see the Hydrautomat in action. So I and the Treasurer set out in search for a water emitting receptacle (faucet) that could actually fit over the small 10 inch container, which proved to be an elusive find. After searching around, we eventually went to the pool to see if they had a garden hose that we could use. And lo! we found a decent water source for the container! So, under the strange ambience of Pandora-supplied Beach Boys music, we finally got enough water to start the device.
After the Hydrautomat was finally filled with about one and a half gallons of water with some blue food dye mixed in: I started the device by admitting water into the Operating Tank until the Siphon started running over. After the air bubbles in the Siphon were expelled via tapping the hose and moving it back and forth (there's a bit of a process involved when the tube exceeds 1/4" ID), the Siphon started flowing perfectly. The valve to the tube supplying water to the Operating Tank was then closed, and behold: the d**n check valve ruptured (again)! (Sigh) But this issue was quickly resolved with a little backyard ingenuity by kinking the dis-functional outlet tube and screwing a hose clamp around it.
After this, the Hydrautomat worked beautifully. Pulling water up the input tube as if it were like a secondary gravitational force inside of the closed tank had started sucking water up toward itself. The Treasurer and other Project Manager were pretty amazed by the device.
During the Poster session, many people came by to see the various posters that people had set up. There were probably 30-40 posters in the whole atrium (maybe even 50), but only 4-5 tables had an exhibit that people could see or interact with. Personally, I think the Hydrautomat, Trubechet (from the Engineering Club's Catapult Competition), and Autonomous Car (RVCC Math Club) were the best out all of these.
There were a lot of people who were intrigued by the peculiar towering device, and some had mused at the device when I had demonstrated its operation, still trying to wrap their heads around how the device worked even with an explanation (The device is definitely perplexing at first, but is easy to understand after awhile). Many professors, students, and faculty were interested in the device, and thought it was very interesting.
After the Poster Session, I disassembled the Hydrautomat, put it back in my car, and got to see the Trubechet tested before we carried it back to the Project Manager's SUV.
All in all the Poster Session turned out to be a great event, with amazed faces and positive feedback.
Here's a short video of the Poster Session