Eco-car : a perfect vehicle for technical design teaching?

Buck, Lyndon, McLening, Christian and Burgess, Jonathan (2014). Eco-car : a perfect vehicle for technical design teaching? IN: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. Bohemia, Erik; Eger, Arthur; Eggink, Wouter and et al, (eds) The Design Society.


Design methods and tools are generally best learned and developed experientially [1]. Finding appropriate vehicles for delivering these to students is becoming increasingly challenging, especially when considering only those that will enthuse, intrigue and inspire. This paper traces the development of different eco-car design and build projects which competed in the Shell Eco-Marathon. The cars provided opportunities for experiential learning through a formal learning cycle of CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate) or the more traditional understand, explore, create, validate, with both teams developing a functional finished prototype. Lessons learned were applied through the design of a third and fourth eco-car using experimental techniques with bio-composites, combining the knowledge of fibre reinforced composite materials and adhesives with the plywood construction techniques of the two teams. The paper discusses the importance of applying materials and techniques to a real world problem. It will also explore how eco-car and comparing traditional materials and construction techniques with high tech composite materials is an ideal teaching, learning and assessment vehicle for technical design techniques.

Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Mechanical engineering & design
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Sustainable environment research group
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering systems & management
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Event Title: 16th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2014-09-04 - 2014-09-05
Uncontrolled Keywords: CDIO,collaborative working,curriculum alignment,experiential learning,Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering,Education
Published Date: 2014


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