ENGINEERING PROJECT GUIDELINES
Engineering Project minimum quality requirements
- A PROJECT LOGBOOK is mandatory.
- Clearly define the problem or need the engineering project will solve.
- Project list minimum of 3-5 Bibliography references showing the student has done a literature review of projects related to the topic the student proposes to investigate.
- List design criteria and design constraints
- Describe the physical and functional characteristics of the design (shape, weight, operation, etc.)
- Describe the design limitations (cost, time, available materials, etc.)
- Clearly state success criteria. What will you measure to see if your design worked?
- Report measurements in metric units where possible.
- Follow this format :
(For example : A common problem in the world that needs to be solved is that there is a worldwide need for abundant and clean fresh water supply in inland or coastal drought areas. I will re-design the most common portable water filter and make it with cheaper more reliable materials that can be packaged and delivered to remote areas and re-assembled.)
(For example : this would involve the student doing a Google search of the problem or need to determine what others have done on the topic or related topic.
These references will help a student gain prior knowledge of the topic. This will also inform a student learn if their engineering design has already been tested and alert the student to make some changes to the question so it is unique).
(Example: dirty, water with a measurable amount of solutes and bacteria will be delivered on one side of the filter and the number of solutes and bacterial count will be measurably reduced in the water that comes out the other side).
Project Proposal Format
* Background or Problem to be Addressed : Describe a brief background of your subject or topic of consideration, and the problem your project is trying to address.
* Engineering Goal : The need/goal should be described in a simple statement that includes what you are designing (the product), who it is for (customer), and what it does (function). The engineering goal template is: “The design and construction of a (product) for (customer) to do (function).”
* Design Criteria and Constraints : Criteria define the product’s physical and functional characteristics (shape, size, weight, speed, ruggedness, and ease of manufacture). Constraints are factors that limit the engineer’s flexibility (cost & time).
* Evaluate alternative designs : Your research into possible solutions to a defined problem will reveal what has already been done by others to satisfy similar needs. You should consider at least two or three alternative designs and consider using available technology, modifying current designs, or inventing new solutions.
Build a prototype of best design : Use your alternative analyses to choose the design that best meets criteria considering the constraints, then build a prototype. A prototype is the first full scale and usually functional form of a new type or design.
Test and evaluate the prototype against important design criteria to show how well the product meets the need/goal. Develop a test plan describing what you will test, how you will test, and how you’ll perform analysis. You must test your prototype under actual or simulated operating conditions.
To be done AFTER the testing of the design be sure to include the following in your project report :
Analyze test results, make design changes and retest. Testing may disclose some deficiencies in your design. Make corrections and retest OR prepare an analysis of what went wrong and how you intend to fix it.