Native Plant-Based Phytoremediation of Atrazine in Surface Waters Using a Floating Raft System

dc.contributor.advisorChow, George K.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberVos, Gordon A.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRodrigues, Debora F.
dc.creatorLincoln, Ashley R.
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-15T17:58:19Z
dc.date.available2018-02-15T17:58:19Z
dc.date.createdDecember 2017
dc.date.issued2017-12
dc.date.submittedDecember 2017
dc.date.updated2018-02-15T17:58:19Z
dc.description.abstractWater systems in the 21st century have improved drastically compared to historical precedents due to the implementation of multi-stage treatment systems. In spite of such progress, issues with contamination still remain. Persistent contaminants, such as the herbicide atrazine, plague surface water systems well outside the bounds of American farming regions and have established a constant presence in raw and treated drinking water. Despite being monitored as a regulated contaminant by the US Environmental Protection Agency, ‘healthy’ exposure levels are still the subject of debate among water protection and health watchdog groups. This thesis utilizes a review of water system literature to identify a potential solution for atrazine contamination using phytoremediation treatment technology deployed in floating raft systems to reduce the impact on surface water. Extensive study of precedents, hydroponics, boat design, biomimicry, and human factors considerations informed a design process for the development of a raft system prototype. A study of the prototype was conducted using 30 novice users to identify areas of improvement in terms of human factors considerations, functional attributes, and subjective characteristics. Along with gathering primary research into a possible connector unit design, this study sought to evaluate the potential for project success using a comparative analysis against a leading market competitor. This thesis concludes that the project shows promise, but requires additional testing in a large scale, longitudinal study to ensure future implementations are met with success.
dc.description.departmentArchitecture and Design, Gerald D. Hines College of
dc.format.digitalOriginborn digital
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10657/2083
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsThe author of this work is the copyright owner. UH Libraries and the Texas Digital Library have their permission to store and provide access to this work. Further transmission, reproduction, or presentation of this work is prohibited except with permission of the author(s).
dc.subjectWater quality
dc.subjectContamination
dc.subjectAtrazine
dc.subjectPublic health
dc.subjectHydroponics
dc.subjectPhytoremediation
dc.subjectRhizodegradation
dc.subjectIndustrial design
dc.subjectFloating rafts
dc.titleNative Plant-Based Phytoremediation of Atrazine in Surface Waters Using a Floating Raft System
dc.type.dcmiText
dc.type.genreThesis
thesis.degree.collegeGerald D. Hines College of Architecture
thesis.degree.departmentArchitecture and Design, Gerald D. Hines College of
thesis.degree.disciplineIndustrial Design
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Houston
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science

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