M E 442W
Advanced Vehicle Design I (2) Part one of a two course sequence; applications of design and analysis methods to open-ended advanced transportation vehicles. Two semester course; satisfies Senior Design or ME Technical Elective requirements (when combined with M E 443W).
M E 442W Advanced Vehicle Design I (2)
Students develop and practice skills and techniques for managing and executing engineering design projects. This is done in the context of an international University-level engineering design competition that is sponsored by government agencies and/or by industry. The competitions are structured to span a full calendar year, with the competition itself taking place in late Spring. For that reason, the course is spread over two semesters. In the Fall semester, there is approximately equal emphasis on classroom lectures and hands-on laboratory activities; in the Spring semester, the emphasis is on hands-on laboratory activities. The focus is advanced powertrain technology for personal transportation vehicles. Broader aspects of energy efficiency, security, and sustainability also will be discussed. The specific technologies that are targeted will evolve with time to remain ahead of what is available in current production vehicles. Project teams perform all facets of product and process design. This includes problem identification, planning of the project, formulation of design specifications, the development and evaluation of alternative conceptual designs, the development of detailed designs, the specification of manufacturing processes, prototyping of manufacturing processes and parts, and analysis and documentation of results. Students also will participate in broader aspects of the design competition. This may include securing sponsorship and funding, participating in outreach and public relations events, developing a business plan, developing a web site, and traveling to competition workshops and to the annual competition. Students will present their design process and final design in several formats: oral presentations, poster presentations, web pages, and reports.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.