Senior Design Project Proposal by Anarbor


									                      University of Pennsylvania
            Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering

1. Project Title: Automobile Fuels for Sustainability: an Architectural Model and
Trade Study

2. Proposers’ Names: Peter Scott and Walt Sobkiw
Are you willing and able to serve as advisor for this project? X Yes; ___ No

3. Brief Project Description:
Design and implement a model to compare various renewable energy automobile
technologies with traditional gas and diesel: examples are ethanol / biofuels,
plug-in electric, electric hybrid, compressed air hybrid, hydrogen, etc. Convert all
the inputs to 1 gallon of oil equivalent, and then determine the total loss in energy
to get the final energy result to the wheels, a "miles per gallon of oil" for each
approach and the amount of energy loss in the system. Take into account how
each fuel was produced and distributed. Gather empirical data to validate the
model coefficients and predictions.

Using the model do a tradeoff where a measure of effectiveness (MOE) is
calculated for each approach. The MOE is defined as the sum of the trade off
criteria / total cost of the approach. Identify the criteria and fill in the tradeoff
matrix using whatever resources found. Develop a cost estimate for each
approach where cost = R+D+P+O+M+S and R = Research, D = Development, P
= Production X Total Units, O = Operation, M = Maintenance, S = Shut Down and
Decommissioning. Consider the supporting infrastructure for each approach.
Some criteria to consider are environmental impact, transition, growth,
technology insertion, flexibility, resilience, produceability, maintainability, safety,
brittleness, user acceptance, reasonableness, sustainability, etc.

4. Project Design Objectives:
Model and characterize various automobile technologies and document the
strengths and weaknesses of each approach. Identify a set of easily understood
specifications to compare the various alternatives.

Plan Project
    Define scope, objectives and constraints
    Establish project structure, schedules, roles and responsibilities
    Prepare a Systems Engineering Plan
Define Stakeholder Requirements
    Identify stakeholders and elicit/infer requirements/constraints
    Establish measures of effectiveness
    Generate and model alternative scenarios and operational concepts

Analyze Requirements
   Specify system functional and performance requirements
   Identify system boundary and architectural constraints
   Define verification criteria
   Maintain traceability to stakeholder requirements

Design Architecture
   Define alternative logical architectures
   Partition system functions and allocate or derive requirements
   Evaluate alternative designs
   Maintain traceability to system requirements
   Define verification strategy

Assess Project
    Review progress and status
    Update and verify the Systems Engineering Plan

5. Project Prerequisites:
Engineering Modeling and Analysis

Recommended courses:
   ESE 204 Systems Methodology
   ESE 210 Introduction to Dynamic Systems
   ESE 252 Transportation Systems Engineering
   ESE 360 Engineering and the Environment
   ESE 400 Engineering Economics
   ESE 405 Systems Methodology
   ESE 444 Project Management

Possible reading: related conference papers and books

Skills: Office applications (spreadsheet, word processing, presentation), Internet,
research and information mining, technical presentation, technical writing.

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