proj. ”applied mechanics”

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PROJ. ”APPLIED MECHANICS”

PETER FOLKOW

Background/Introduction




Applied Mechanics


Specialized tracks:


Computational solid mechanics


Fluid dynamics


Structural dynamics


First year:


Q1: Mechanics of solids and fluids (compulsory)


Computations in mechanics (compulsory)


Q2
-
Q3: Courses from the tracks


Q4: Project course (compulsory)


Automotive Engineering


Specialized tracks:


Powertrain


Vehic
le dynamics


Safety



First year:


Q1: Introduction to automotive engineering (compulsory)


Automotive prime movers (compulsory)


Q2: Vehicle dynamics (compulsory)


Passive safety (compulsory)


Q3
-
Q4: Courses from the tracks


Master program involved

Aim/Goal

Outlook

(international/national)

Evaluation
-
Quality assurance

Contacts

http://www.chem.chalmers.se/impact/index.htm

Peoples involved

Methods

Aim/Goal

Expected results

The department of Applied Mechanics started in 2005 as a merging of three
former departments:


Machine and vehicle design


Technical mechanics


Thermo and fluid
dynamics


At the time of the merging, two international masters programs existed at the new
department:


Automotive Engineering (formerly hosted by Machine and vehicle design)


Turbulence (formerly hosted by Thermo and fluid dynamics)


In the new application round for international masters programs, the department
applied for three separate programs representing the three former departments:


Automotive Engineering, Fluid mechanics, Solid mechanics


The two last programs was combined to one program:

Applied Mechanics


At present, the department hosts two masters program:


Applied Mechanics


Automotive Engineering



The programs have been well received, both from academy and industry.



Applied Mechanics:



Combination of fluid and solid mechanics is rarely found in other masters programs,
both national and international.


Industry welcomes engineers having skills in both fields.


Automotive
Engineering:



Programs specialized towards automotive industry are rarely found, both national and
international.


Vehicle industry welcomes engineers having skills in the automotive field



There are extensive course developments. In most cases entirely new
courses, in some cases completely/partially new course materials.



Special activities to help the students with insufficient prerequisites. The
courses start from a fairly basic level. Complementary course materials
and special classes are provided in some cases.



All courses are developed considering the main theme of the program
plan. Established connections between related courses.



The teachers involved are well
-
informed on the aims, ideas and plans of
both the program and the different tracks.



The teachers involved are well
-
informed on the adjacent courses (both
courses with similar subject and courses that run in parallel).



The project courses ensure that students are able to apply theoretical
knowledge practically.



The project courses ensure that students are able to combine skills
adopted from different areas.



The students are trained to work in groups in the project courses.


Discussions between the project leader and the program coordinators
concerning the project: goals, plans, activities, evaluations.



Initial one
-
day seminar for each program where first year teachers
present their courses, especially the planned new compulsory courses.

Discussions among teachers, program coordinator and project leader
about subjects related to the project.



Several formal and informal meetings among teachers, especially
coupled to the compulsory courses.



Questionnaire related to the project are sent to and answered by the
teachers responsible for the compulsory courses.



Half
-
day seminar for each track. Extensive presentation of the new
compulsory courses. Discussions among teachers, program coordinators
and project leader about questions related to the project, especially
feedback from the questionnaire.



Outcomes from the several meetings reported under "Methods", where the project
leader participated.



Results from the questionnaire reported under "Methods".



Final questionnaire to the responsible teachers



Comments from the course evaluations.


Project leader:


Peter Folkow,

peter.folkow@chalmers.se



Program coordinators:


Magnus Ekh (Applied Mechanics),

magnus.ekh@chalmers.se


Magnus Evertsson (Automotive Engineering),

magnus.evertsson@chalmers.se




Develop courses and course materials



The starting compulsory courses (Q1 Applied Mechanics, Q1
-
Q2 Automotive
Engineering) give a good base for each program as a whole and for the specialized
tracks.



These courses are adapted to support students with different backgrounds (especially
international students, students from other masters programs) and ensure that a
common lowest knowledge level is obtained.




The project courses (Q4 Applied Mechanics, Q1
-
Q2 Automotive Engineering) ensure
a good coupling between theory and experiments, as well as between the various
fields within each program.

Develop courses and course materials


Applied Mechanics



Q1: Mechanics of solids and fluids (40kkr)


New course and course material


Two responsible teachers; one for fluids, one for
solids


Q1: Computations in mechanics (40kkr)


New course and course material


Q4: Project course (100kkr)


New course and course material


Four responsible teachers; two for fluids (theory,
experiment), two for solids (theory, experiment)


Automotive Engineering



Q1: Introduction to automotive engineering (45kkr)


Reworked course and partially new course material


Several teachers involved


Q1: Automotive prime movers (45kkr)


Reworked course


Q2: Vehicle dynamics (45kkr)


New course and new course material


Q2: Passive safety (45kkr)


New course and new course material


Several teachers involved

In Automotive Engineering, several projects run within these courses in
cooperation with industry.