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A bomb calorimeter is an apparatus for measuring the heat generated by a chemical reaction. A sample to be analyzed is placed into an explosion proof vessel that is surrounded by a water jacket. Oxygen is pumped into the vessel and subsequently ignited. The caloric content of the sample is determined by measuring the temperature of the water before and after the burn.

Product Requirements

  • Touch panel user interface
  • Simplify manufacturing
  • Software must be easily ported to other instruments in the product family
  • 10 year product life expectancy
  • Cost reduction over the older product


  • Ergonomically designed user interface
  • Redesigned with fewer parts
  • Embedded Linux operating system and the code was written in C
  • Off-the-shelf single board computer was designed in to prolong product life
  • Achieved a 36% cost reduction over the older model.
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