The Electric Endeavour: Engineering formation through SYNECTRIC electric race car development
AbstractThe Erasmus University College Brussels (EHB) and its partner the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) constitute the University Association Brussels (UAB), developing a common integrated policy towards the creation of a university space within the capital of Europe. In this framework, the Master degree curricula at EHB, including the industrial engineering curriculum at the IWT department, are now in a phase of academization, which means the introduction of a research-based academic culture necessary to grant academic Master degrees. One of the main challenges with reforming the contemporary higher education landscape remains the transition from traditional ex-cathedra teaching to a more student-centered education sphere focused on the creation of competences. Although the acquisition of a sound theoretical knowledge will always remain the base foundation of the education of the intellectual, the introduction of projectoriented curriculum elements is a key factor in creating a learning environment allowing acquiring and exercising a wide array of skills and competences, including non-cognitive ones, to bene t the industrial and societal deployment of the engineer. The industrial engineer, as formed by EHB in a four year curriculum (three bachelor years and one master year), shall in fact be a polyvalent, operative intellectual, who is able to implement innovative solutions and to solve problems occurring in industrial practice. The involvement of master students in a multidisciplinary project is a premier occasion to create a learning environment enabling student personal development in such direction, including teamwork dynamics. The choice of an electrically propelled competition vehicle as pedagogical project presents several key bene ts. Not only concerns it a subject which greatly appeals to students and which has a large potential for dissemination and student attraction, but it also presents an occasion to enlighten students towards the philosophy of electric transportation which represents the key solution for future sustainable mobility. In urban traffic, due to their bene cial effect on environment, electric vehicles are an important factor for improvement of traffic and more particularly for a healthier living environment. But also when performance is what it is aimed for, electric traction presents substantial environmental and technical bene ts compared with legacy technologies. The introduction of this environmental consciousness enhances the curriculum and contributes to the formation of morally and socially responsible industrial engineers, which is a major bene t for their own personal development as well as for society as a whole. The current project is aimed at the realization of a hybrid electric formula-type vehicle, based on a "Predator" class car body. This type of vehicle is used for competitions in Italy, albeit with a legacy drive train, and presents a versatile platform to implement new drive train technologies.
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Borremans, P.M.; Van den Bossche, P.P.; Verbrugge, I.B.; Van Mulders, I.F.; Bottiglieri, I.M.; Van Steendam, P.A.; Van Mierlo, P.J. The Electric Endeavour: Engineering formation through SYNECTRIC electric race car development. World Electr. Veh. J. 2009, 3, 7-16.
Borremans PM, Van den Bossche PP, Verbrugge IB, Van Mulders IF, Bottiglieri IM, Van Steendam PA, Van Mierlo PJ. The Electric Endeavour: Engineering formation through SYNECTRIC electric race car development. World Electric Vehicle Journal. 2009; 3(1):7-16.Chicago/Turabian Style
Borremans, Prof. ir. M.; Van den Bossche, Prof. dr. ir. P.; Verbrugge, Ing. B.; Van Mulders, Ing. F.; Bottiglieri, Ing. M.; Van Steendam, Prof. ir. A.; Van Mierlo, Prof. dr. ir. J. 2009. "The Electric Endeavour: Engineering formation through SYNECTRIC electric race car development." World Electr. Veh. J. 3, no. 1: 7-16.