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Campus Steam Vent Redesign

About the Project

After passing by numerous rusted, steam-spewing pipes that dotted Ohio State's campus, ECOS set out to give the campus steam vents a clever, practical and aesthetically pleasing makeover.
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The group first constructed and tested a prototype of a giant Block O-shaped vent cap. Although it looked neat, the first model did not last long.  The ECOS team decided to refocus ots efforts by performing a failure analysis on the prototype, with the goal of designing a new prototype to be installed later in the academic year.

Currently, the Steam Vents Redesign project is retired.