Fabrication of Hydraulic Brick Making Machine For Construction
The provision of shelter is one the most basic demand of a Man all over the World. It is one the most important challenges a man faces in his life. The problem of good shelter varies from place to place. A good shelter provides, first and foremost Security and Privacy. In the developed world the problem is less pronounced, but in the developing nation like Nigeria, the problem of shelter is more pronounced. There is about eighteen (18) million housing units’ deficit in Nigeria. One of the most important materials used for building of a shelter is block/brick, but majority of the people cannot afford these materials (blocks or bricks) due high cost. Therefore, the production of high quality and affordable blocks/bricks is paramount to solving housing problems in developing countries especially in Nigeria. Thus, this research focused on design construction and testing of a multipurpose machine that produces high quality blocks/bricks for low cost housing. That is, for low income communities/earners. The constructed motorized compressive earth brick (CEB)/block making machine can produce on average a total of 2,215 bricks per day and 950 blocks per day. The cost of production of the machine was two hundred and eighty six thousand, eight hundred ninety (N286, 890.00) naira only. Whereas, the most common high-tech motorized CEB machine in Nigeria (Hydraform®) with an average capacity of about 3,000 bricks per day costs about six million naira (N6,000,000.00K) only. Thus, the machine is very affordable for small scale enterprise (SME). In other words, bricks or blocks produced by using this machine are relatively cheap and affordable for those in the rural areas and for low income earners.