MECH ENG 4140 - Sports Engineering III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
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 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y 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 Coordinator: Associate Professor Paul Medwell
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
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
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.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course will primarily involve combined lectures and tutorials.
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 DynamicsTopics 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 FacilitiesTopics 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 SportsTopics 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
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Assessment Related Requirements
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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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