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The Shrimpartment

About the Shrimpartment



The Shrimpartment is an Ultra Intensive Spiral Aquaculture System for Growing Concentrated Populations of Marine Animals in Terrestrial Environments and Microgravity Environments. It is a high density aquatic animal production tank with a spiral inclined plane surface increasing the usable animal production surface area for aquatic/marine animals including shrimp, lobster, crustaceans, or other marine animals in a terrestrial environment. By rotating the spiral plane is translated to a spiral tube, the marine animal production tank can be used in microgravity environments. 

When aquatic animals require a floor or bottom area to navigate, feed, bred or otherwise reproduce or grow, current production tanks have limited bottom area (also referred to as usable surface area). There are no marine animal growing tank inventions to date that utilize a spiral inclined plane to increase the usable surface area within the production tank. 

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What's The Big Deal?

A spiral plane descending slowly within the tank effectively increases the usable surface area of the tank by several factors. The spiral inclined plane creates an extended floor or bottom of the marine environment from the perspective ofthe aquatic animal. The spiral inclined plane creates a continuous floor or bottom of the marine environment from the perspective ofthe aquatic animal. 


Microgravity Configuration

Well, astronauts love shrimp too, so we figured, why not a great source of protein in space. 

The Shrimpartment is a cylindrical tank made out of fiberglass. It has a vertical spiral inside of it to maximize the surface area. Each ring of the spiral is spaced four inches apart. The shrimp will cling to the sides of the spiral. The Shrimpartment generates 0.005 G's of artificial gravity created through centrifugal force, which is force made by a spinning movement. An asteroid, for comparison, has 0.00001 G's of gravity. 

Shrimp are bottom feeders, so the artificial-gravity helps them stick to the sides of the Shrimpartment. The Shrimpartment continually produces shrimp because the original eggs brought up will reproduce. When the ship first launches, we send up dormant Pacific White shrimp eggs, which will then hatch in space. One cylinder will feed 10 astronauts. To remove the adult shrimp from the tank, we implemented a "waterlock". It diverts the water current into the waterlock, then removes the water from the basket, so the shrimp can be removed. 

It uses a biofloc filtration system to keep the tank clean. Bacteria inside the tank clean the water, so it can be reused for years upon years. It holds 20 gallons of saltwater. The Shrimpartment model in the above picture is 3/4 of the size of a regular Shrimpartment. 


Terrestrial Configuration
The land-based Shrimpartment works the same way as an ordinary, microgravity-based Shrimpartment, but it does not spin. Since Earth has natural gravity, the centrifugal force is not needed to keep the shrimp on the spiral. 

The spiral in the terrestrial Shrimpartment also has to be changed. The spiral in the terrestrial version is in the shape of a spring, rather than a normal spiral. This way the Shrimpartment retains it's large surface area, but can utilize Earth's gravity rather than artificial gravity. 

All other aspects of the Shrimpartment are retained, save for the waterlock, which has to be moved to the bottom of the tank due to the spiral change.


The Shrimp Strike Back Project Presentation



Patent Pending

Patent Pending

On January 9, 2019, we applied for a Provisional Patent for our Shrimpartment design. The Shrimpartment design is a new creation which builds upon the works of Dr. Addison Lawrence and is an innovation in the world of aquaculture. We are the first applicants to have come up with this idea.

This invention is a high density aquatic animal production tank with a spiral inclined plane surface increasing the usable animal production surface area for aquatic/marine animals including shrimp, lobster, crustaceans, or other marine animals in a terrestrial environment. By rotating the spiral plane is translated to a spiral tube, the marine animal production tank can be used in microgravity environments. 

There are no marine animal growing tank inventions to date that utilize a spiral inclined plane to increase the usable surface area within the production tank. The extended floor or bottom of the marine environment from the perspective of the aquatic animal. The spiral inclined plane creates a continuous floor or bottom of the marine environment from the perspective of the aquatic animal


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