MECH ENG 4140 - Sports Engineering III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

Sports equipment and facilities are an integral part of sportive activity and society. Sophisticated and innovative design of sports equipment and exercise machines enhances the performance of athletes. The huge manufacturing and sales numbers have an impact on the environment. This course introduces the fundamental concepts of 1) aero- and fluid dynamics for sports equipment design, 2) the design of sports facilities and stadia, 3) eco- and sustainable design of sports equipment. Aero- and fluid dynamics includes sports equipment like balls, apparel, and equipment for aeronautical, water, and transportation sports. Sports facilities design includes exercise machines, management and maintenance, as well as safety, structural and energy issues of stadium design. Ecodesign of sports equipment addresses the ecological impact of equipment manufacturing and disposal on the environment and provides solutions for sustainable design.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MECH ENG 4140
    Course Sports Engineering III
    Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4.5 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge MECH ENG 2019, MECH ENG 2102, MECH ENG 2002, MECH ENG 3101, MECH ENG 3108, MECH ENG 3107
    Course Description Sports equipment and facilities are an integral part of sportive activity and society. Sophisticated and innovative design of sports equipment and exercise machines enhances the performance of athletes. The huge manufacturing and sales numbers have an impact on the environment.
    This course introduces the fundamental concepts of
    1) aero- and fluid dynamics for sports equipment design,
    2) the design of sports facilities and stadia,
    3) eco- and sustainable design of sports equipment.
    Aero- and fluid dynamics includes sports equipment like balls, apparel, and equipment for aeronautical, water, and transportation sports. Sports facilities design includes exercise machines, management and maintenance, as well as safety, structural and energy issues of stadium design. Ecodesign of sports equipment addresses the ecological impact of equipment manufacturing and disposal on the environment and provides solutions for sustainable design.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr William Robertson

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On completion of the course, students should:

    1 Have a good understanding of the aero- and fluid dynamics of sports equipment;
    2 Understand the concepts of designing helmets, racing and swim suits, equipment for transportation sports, aeronautical sports equipment, boats and oars;
    3 Understand the principles of sports facilities and stadium design;
    4 Understand the principles of eco- and sustainable design;
    5 Be capable of designing exercise equipment;
    6 Be able to calculate aero- and fluid dynamic properties of equipment;
    7 Understand principles of management and maintenance of sports facilities;
    8 Understand the principles of holistic innovation of sports equipment and facilities;
    9 Be capable of customising sports equipment for elite athletes;
    10 Have had experience with testing of sports equipment
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-9
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2,3,4,8,10
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,3,4,7,8,9
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2,3,4,5,7,8,9
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4,5,9
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4,8,10
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1,3,4,8
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3,5,9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    In addition to the resources provided by the University of Adelaide’s Library service, access to the following texts will be highly beneficial throughout this course:

    Grimshaw, P. N., Lees, A., Fowler, N., and Burden, A. (2007) Instant notes in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics. Taylor and Francis, London. ISBN – 1 8599 6284 X.

    Hong, Y., editor (2002) International Research in Sports Biomechanics. Routledge Publishers, New York. ISBN – 0415262302.

    Subic, A. J. and Haake, S. J., editors (2000) The Engineering of Sport: research, development and innovation. Blackwell Scientific, Oxford, UK. ISBN – 0-632-055634.

    Payton, C. and Bartlett, R. (2007) Biomechanical Evaluation of Movement in sport and exercise. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-43469-0

    Kreighbaum and Smith (1996) Sports and Fitness equipment design. Human Kinetics Publishers. ISBN 0-87322-695-X

    Nørstrud H.: Sport Aerodynamics. Springer, Berlin, 2008.

    John G et al.: Stadia, a design and development guide; 4th ed., Architectural Press/Elsevier, Oxford, 2007.

    Recommended Resources

    Please see the MyUni learning area for this course.

    Online Learning

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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course will primarily involve combined lectures and tutorials.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    In addition to lectures and tutorials, students are expected to spend an appropriate amount of time acquiring knowledge pertinent to the course, working on assessments and tutorials, and preparing for and attending examinations.

    Learning Activities Summary

    Introduction and Overview

    • Overview of sports aero- and fluid dynamics
    • Overview of sports facilities

    Sports Aero- and Fluid Dynamics

    Topics will be selected from the following:
    • Sport Balls – aerodynamic properties (golf, cricket, baseball, tennis, soccer, rugby)
    • Transportation Sports – aerodynamic properties and equipment design (bicycles, racing wheelchairs, bobsleigh, motor sports, ski jumping)
    • Apparel – aerodynamic properties and equipment design (helmets, shoes, racing suits, ski boots)
    • Aeronautical sports – aerodynamic properties and equipment design (parachutes, paragliders, sports aircraft)
    • Biomechanics of swimming
    • Swim suits – fluid dynamic properties and equipment design
    • Oars – fluid dynamic properties and equipment design
    • Boats and yachts – fluid dynamic properties, equipment design and biomechanics

    Sports Facilities

    Topics will be selected from the following:
    • Design of gyms
    • Design and biomechanics of exercise machines
    • Stadium design (principles, standards, safety, energy, earthquake-proof design, wind-proof design, and case reports)
    • Management and maintenance of sports facilities
    • Ball management systems

    Eco-Design and Sustainable Design in Sports

    Topics will be selected from the following:
    • Principles of sustainable design
    • Principles of eco-design
    • Life cycle assessment
    • Case reports of equipment design
    • Toxicology and environmental impact of rubber (infill of artificial turf, rubber tracks)
    • Application of software for eco- and sustainable design

    Review

    Specific Course Requirements

    To be advised.

  • Assessment

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    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment for communicati (MECH ENG 4140) will consist of tutorials, assignments, laboratories, a group project and a final exam. A detailed break-down of the assessment will be provided.

    Assessment Related Requirements

    Attendance at laboratory sessions (to be advised) is mandatory.

    Assessment Detail

    Details of the assessment tasks will be provided.

    Submission

    All assessable material will need to be submitted by the nominated due dates (to be advised). Late submissions will incur a penalty of 10% per day.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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