Second Year Projects

The second year engineering design papers build on the knowledge gained from first year by engaging students in a project related to their specified programme.

ChemE Cars (ENGCB280)

This year, our students are designing and building cars powered and controlled by chemical reactions. The car must be able to carry a load between 0-500 g a distance between 5-30 m. The required load and distance is not known until the competition. The students will demonstrate their mastery by being able to model and predict (empirically and/or theoretically) car performance so they can determine the reactants required to drive the car a set distance carrying a set load. The students will also demonstrate their understanding of reaction kinetics, pressure, chemical safety and general physics as well as basic engineering design and fabrication.

Civil Bridge Destruction (ENGCV280)

This year, our students were challenged to design a light timber bridge to carry up to 300 kilograms. To solve this task, they had to deal with a number of imposed constraints such as deflection and weight limits, as well as operate with a limited “credit-based” budgeting system. Throughout the year they conceptualised and constructed their designs by means of technical drawings and structural analysis results. The students will predict deflection under a 100 kg applied load and an ultimate bearing capacity of their bridges which will be tested publicly during the second day of the show.

Autonomous Vehicles (ENGEE281 & ENGMT280)

Students were set a design challenge that required them to build a machine to perform a specific task. This year, the project task is based on developing an autonomous car that can navigate the streets of a ‘smart city’. However, just like in real-life, the streets are unpredictable and ‘emergency roadblocks’ can close off streets randomly. The autonomous vehicle needs to communicate with a central communications tower to identify where these roadblocks are and be smart enough to take the best possible route to reach its destination. Time and decision-making are key factors and the team with the fastest and safest car will win!

Idiyappam (noodle) Maker (ENGME280)

Students were set the challenge to produce a prototype of a household device. In groups of three or four they were required to conceptualise, design and manufacture an idiyappam maker.  Idiyappam is a noodle dish which is pressed from rice flour dough into a disc-like shape and then steamed. The challenge is to produce a fully functional prototype able to press thin noodles while simultaneously spreading them evenly over a steaming tray.  Starting from the provided theory and background information, as well as technical and economical constraints for the product, students have endeavoured to manufacture an ergonomic and effective prototype. The prototypes will be tested and put on display at the show!