Anteneh's Jerry Can

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Do you know that people in many parts of the world travel many kilometers carrying a water jerry can every day? If you are not aware, well you are about to.

In an area where there is lack of water supply at home, people travel very far to fetch water. In almost all societies this task falls under the women. It is very common to see women carrying 25 liter jerry cans on their back or on their head and travel many kilometers from the source like a river, lake or well to their homes.

Describing how challenging it is can only be achieved if you try it yourself but to give you an idea of the challenge:

  • The concentrated weight of the 25 litter jerry can which will force you to use only one or two part of your body for support which requires enormous amount of force to overcome the high pressure.
  • The distance they have to travel in a very rough terrain full of mountains, muddy ground during rain, hole and sloppy ground, which is impossible even for a wheel aid transport.
  • The damage it makes on the spinal chord of the carrier from high pressure of the jerry can as well as the friction between spinal chord and bottom edge of the jerry can when they try to consistently adjust elevation of the jerry can on their back while carrying and transporting it.

This project is about building a new kind of jerry can for water transport for rural areas that ease the pain for the person carrying the load with lower cost. The basic scientific concept for the development of this product is based on the fact that distributed force generates less pressure or impact than concentrated force. Instead of the standard shape of the 25 litter jerry can, Anteneh’s jerry can has a torus shape with the same volume as the standard jerry can. For prototyping simplicity, the shape of the torus is made square with center to center length of 66cm with pipe diameter of 11cm. At two opposite side of the pipes there are two attached lathers that are used to hold the Anetenh’s Jerry can on your shoulder. This will reduce the pressure of the water by distributing the weight of the water in 360 degrees comparing to the concentrated weight of standard jerry can and utilize all part of our body for support rather than using only spinal chord. To maintain the load close to center of gravity which is the person carrying it, the diameter and length of the pipe will be varied depending up on size model of the user. Both lathers are attached to each other with a lather for hand grab incase two peoples want to transport one Anteneh’s jerry can.



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  • Name:
    Anteneh Gashaw
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