Students of MSTU "STANKIN" developed a mobile air decontaminator

Students of MSTU "STANKIN" created a mobile device for antibacterial treatment of indoor air. It will become part of the University's engineering systems.

Due to the mass distribution of COVID-19 and the high need to solve the epidemic situation, students of MSTU "STANKIN" in a short time developed a new sample of a mobile UV irradiator - air recirculator designed to disinfect indoor air, including in the presence of people. The device is intended for use in areas with increased infection, as well as in areas with high aseptic requirements. This mobile device effectively filters the air, disinfecting and protecting the respiratory organs from viruses, bacteria and allergens.

The principle of operation of the device consists of air intake through a dust filter and its disinfection by means of exposure to ultraviolet ionizing radiation. The device is light enough to carry it from room to room. The authors plan to improve the device for remote control and monitoring using Internet of things technologies and are preparing for sample certification.

MSTU "STANKIN" plans to use students' devices for air disinfection in classrooms. In the current situation, the University faced a situation in which the purchase of devices aimed at fighting coronavirus has become scarce. For some items, the price has increased by an order of magnitude and delivery times have increased, and for some items, such as UV irradiator-air recirculator, are not available at all on the market due to high demand. Only the University, according to preliminary data, requires a minimum of 60 such devices. An initiative group of students made a proposal to develop a prototype of such a device as soon as possible from a component base that is not in short supply.

"A day after the initiative, students presented a working sample of the device, which demonstrated the viability of the idea. Taking into account the demand for such devices, we decided to optimize the manufacturing process in order to reduce the production cycle, designed for the technological capabilities and equipment of the state engineering center of STANKIN. We expect that after certification, the production will be provided with the technological equipment of the center, " said Alexander Zelensky, vice-rector for research and scientific and technical policy of the University.

The developed devices will become part of a distributed intelligent system of active antiviral air purification, which is being developed for the University premises. It is based on self-organizing smart networks with elements of artificial intelligence.