Prototyping and testing of novel flood protection systems
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This thesis describes the early development stages of novel consumer flood protection systems. The development process has emphasized prototyping and experimentation as a strategy to front-load the development, which is outlined by a literature study. A framework for the development and a set of quantitative and qualitative measures for the systems being designed were established. The development has been based on rigid-flexible hybrid systems, combining desired aspects from each. As consumer flood protection systems represent an immature market with little knowledge to base the development on, generating and capturing knowledge has been a priority. Furthermore, the thesis describes the development and application of a program for capturing and reusing the knowledge obtained during this project. Knowledge was primarily gained through prototyping and by designing and conducting experiments. The feasibility of using PVC canvas in hybrid systems in terms of stability was investigated. The test setup used to investigate this also showed great potential for testing overall stability of systems. In addition, a new innovative way for testing gaskets, independent of system design, was designed and performed. Lastly, the thesis describes two promising concepts for consumer flood protection systems and points out further work that needs to be completed in order to move the products towards industrialization.