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Technical Paper

A Practical, Simulation Based Approach to the Teaching of Engine Mapping and Calibration Fundamentals

The teaching of engine mapping and calibration provides a unique challenge to Universities and Technical institutes the world over. The engine test cell facilities required for such tuition is prohibitively expensive for many organizations, for those fortunate enough to have the facilities their use is often already oversubscribed. In any case it is not desirable to have untrained operatives experimenting with expensive and potentially dangerous equipment without very close time intensive supervision. In the School of Engineering Design and Technology at the University of Bradford, although fortunate enough to have a number of state-of-the-art transient engine test cells, these safety concerns are contrasted against students' frustrations at a lack of practical experience in this area for the above reasons.
Technical Paper

Robust and Reliable Teamwork within Engineering Projects

The quality of the output generated by a team is directly influenced by how well the team works together. Despite the complexity of the team system, within a typical Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) project the consideration given to the team process is often disproportionately small in comparison to that paid to the technical aspects of the project. This paper presents an efficient approach to teamwork within an engineering design context such as a DFSS project, in which team skills are modelled on DFSS technical processes allowing team members to learn both technical and teamwork skills within the common context of the technical process. DFSS engineering tools used within the framework of Failure Mode Avoidance are used to identify key potential failure modes in the team process and their effects and causes. A series of effective and efficient countermeasures to the team process failure modes are introduced as straight forward and easy to use interlinking teamwork tools.
Technical Paper

Implementing Failure Mode Avoidance

This paper presents an approach to product design and development based on function failure avoidance, using of series of well known engineering tools including Function Fault Tree Analysis, P-Diagram and Design Verification. A 4-step function failure mode avoidance process is presented. The use of the engineering tools in an integrated and synergistic manner to achieve robust and reliable product design is illustrated by considering information flow within an automotive case study. The central role of FMEA within the process is described. The authors’ experience of using the process is discussed.
Journal Article

Use of Transfer Functions to Investigate the Robustness of an In-Tank Fuel Delivery system

This paper presents an investigation into the functional robustness of an in-tank fuel delivery system (FDS) used in a saddle type fuel tank application for a high performance petrol engine. Robust design tools were used to identify the noise factors that affect the performance of the in-tank FDS. A transfer function relating the system's response to key control and noise factors was developed using a combination of theoretical modeling based on fluid mechanics and component level experimentation. The transfer function was validated with data from system level testing. A sensitivity study using the transfer function was conducted to validate the performance of the system against key noise factors.
Technical Paper

A Function Failure Approach to Fault Tree Analysis for Automotive Systems

This paper introduces a function failure approach to Fault Tree Analysis (FFTA) and illustrates its application through an automotive case study. The methodology is structured and straightforward to use. It is argued that the FFTA methodology integrates and interconnects well with other failure mode avoidance tools in common use in the automotive engineering design, such as FMEA and P-Diagram. FFTA shares the same platform for function based system analysis as other analysis tools and delivers complementary information