Engineers working in the industry are increasingly being required to work collaboratively and in
multi-disciplinary design teams. Why is a similar trend not visible in engineering education?
In order to address this issue, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) took the lead in
collaborating with five U.S. universities to develop a senior-level capstone design course that would
give engineering students collaborative design experience using state-of-the-art computational tools.
The multi-disciplinary course was completed over two semesters. Students, under the direction of
university professors and industrial mentors, completed a fixed-wing aircraft design
In the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory at USC,
Dr. Shawn Farrokhi is working out answers to an important question:
why many people are incapacitated by knee pain when others
are not. This is a tough, intractable issue for people with arthritic
knees since there is no cure for arthritis today. The ultimate solution
is replacement of the joint with a prosthesis. However, the majority
can not afford the procedure so most people make do with pain
relievers or others simply bear the pain. Early detection can help,
and that is the focus of Farrokhi’s work.
To Modify Solid Geometry Using the Dimensioning Panel
Solid Geometry can be modified to required dimensions precisely using the Dimensioning
panel. This TTF is a quick reference guide and a quick start guide for this panel.
Anterior knee pain is a significant complication following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) surgery.
The inability to freely extend/flex the knee has a crucial influence on patients daily activities
including walking, lifting and rising from a chair. This knee movement inability is one of the most common indications of needed TKA procedure revisions. Poor sizing during surgery of the patellar knee component – a “button-like” element that increases the mechanical advantage of the
extension force. The research biomechanics group in the Department of Bioengineering at Clemson
University has evaluated the effect of the patella-button thickness on the variation of the magnitude
of the quadriceps tendon force by applying HyperWorks-based finite element analysis
Carbon Composite Unibody Construction
The top solar car teams build the car’s body entirely from composites, with the chassis bonded to the lower surface. The car is constructed in two major pieces: the upper surface that houses the solar cells and the lower surface that contains the chassis and driver compartment. Both are made entirely of a carbon fiber-honeycomb core sandwich, which has an extremely high stiffness-to-weight ratio.
The Challenge: Rework an Engineering Design Course
The specific challenge that Dr. Jensen faced at BYU was to completely rework an advanced engineering design course, ME 471, which had been taught for over 30 years. The course had consisted of classroom and laboratory components where both theoretical concepts and practical CAE skills were emphasized
The optimization workshop at the Princeton University was carried out as part of the course “Form Finding”, a lecture and design course by Prof. Sigrid Adriaenssens (Princeton University). Prof. Irmgard Lochner (Hochschule Biberach) held a workshop during two lecture days, using the software Altair OptiStruct, following a lecture with the title “The car and the bridge – mobile and immobile: aspects of structural optimization”.
The Deep Orange Program of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive
Research (CUICAR) is a graduate automotive engineering program that immerses students
into the working environment of the automotive OEM and supplier. Working collectively,
students, multi-disciplinary faculty, and participating partners focus on designing
and fabricating a new vehicle prototype over a period of two years.
The cockpit of the bloodhound land speed record attempt car houses a bespoke driver’s seat. The seat is of composite sandwich construction comprising carbon composite facing skins with two types of core, aluminium honeycomb and foam. The internal profile is moulded to the drivers shape with provision made for the drivers hand operation of the levers, this is the reason for the large cutaway sections either side. Optistruct is used to structurally optimise the carbon-fibre laminate. Seat strength loadcases set by the worldwide motorsport governing body, the FIA, are used as a basis for this study but for this particular application as guideline only.