Windshield wipers are designed and made to remove rain, snow, ice and debris from a windshield. Most cars have two wipers on the windshield, and they may have one on the rear window and one on each headlight. A wiper generally consists of a metal arm; one end pivots, the other end has a long rubber blade attached to it. Wiper blades should be replaced every six months to a year or as soon as you notice a difference in driving visibility. When wiper blades no longer make proper contact with the windshield surface, they can begin to squeak, chatter, skip, smear or streak reducing driving visibility. So, wipers have big possibilities to be damaged easily on many factors. But where does the rubber in the wiper go after disposal?
The answer to the above question is landfill. Most wipers end up in a landfill when the mechanism fails. This project proposes protecting the wiper mechanism by moving the wiper of a car from the outer side to inside the car and using a magnetic wiper principle to clean the windshield of the car. This way, the wiper mechanism will have a longer life span than the current mechanism and this will lead to less rubber additional wasteage to the environment, increasing the safety of the driver by securing the safety of wipers and so on. Since both plastic and rubber are polymers both harm the environment big time. Microplastics from tyres and textiles are a bigger source of marine pollution than the breakdown of larger plastic waste in some areas, says the IUCN. Synthetic rubber, made from a variant of plastic, makes up around 60% of the rubber used in tyres. And the wipers are another source of synthetic rubbers that will harm the environment and we are so busy on plastics we forget about rubber management.
Currently, there are many types of magnetic wipers but not on the windshield of cars. This innovation is the application of one technology on to another to solve many problems at once.
The full design has been done and will be uploaded when interested clients come alone because of copyright issue.
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