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Group projects

Throughout the degree at Warwick there are many chances to take part in group project work. In the early years of the degree this forms part of the design and business modules. In the fourth year of our MEng degrees all students take part in a large project, worth 25% of the credit for the year. This is a final chance to experience what it is like to work in a multi-disciplinary project, before embarking on an industrial career.

Listen to James explain why his fourth year group project was "a thrill unlike any other".

From building a Formula Student car and a rescue robot, to launching a satellite into space and designing zero carbon homes, find out more about group projects we have run in recent years below.

IMechE Formula Student

Each year we take part in the annual Formula Student competition to design, develop, build and market a single seater racing car. This year the porject is being restructured to enable students from any year of our engineering courses to contribute, not just the 4th year MEng students for whom the project accounts for 25% of the credit for their final year.

Formula Student team 2013

Electric Vehicle Grand Prix

The Electric Vehicle Grand Prix (EVGP) team of eight students designed and built an electric go-kart to compete at the annual EVGP in Indiana, U.S.A. The lessons we learnt are now being applied in a project to develop an electric powered Formula Student car.

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Warwick's 'CubeSat'Satellite

The Warwick University Satellite (WUSat) project will develop our CubeSat. This is another example of an ongoing project where each cohort of students builds on the work of the previous group. After a successful launch via a weather balloon (and successful recovery) in 2013 we are now working with the European Space Agency and plan to launch our satellite on the REXUS rocket in 2015.

 Satellite

Severn Trent Water reservoir design

An example of a 'live' project that ran for two years with Severn Trent Water to find the effect of disparities between a bell-mouth spillway and a built structure at Tittlesworth Reservoir in Staffordshire.

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Warwick Mobile Robotics

Every year we develop our robot and compete either in the European or World Rescue Robot Cup. The robot has to find victims trapped in a building after an earthquake.

Robot

Warwick Personal Non-GPS Navigation Device

The goal of this project was to create a tracking and navigation system without using GPS technology such that it could be used in GPS signal deprived environments. This would be done by strapping an Inertial Measuring Unit (IMU) which consists of accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometer to the user's body to determine their location. In order to test the accuracy of the device, the system would be validated in the ‘Gait Laboratory’.
The project would simultaneously aim to analyse the feasibility of using Smart Phones for navigation using the various sensors present in them.

WNPD

 

 

 

The effect of cracking on the dynamic modulus of reinforced concrete beams

As structural engineers have refined their understanding of material and structural behaviour, this has had consequences on the behaviour of modern structures. Consequently, there is a requirement to better understand the strain put on reinforced concrete slabs.

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Worcester zero carbon house

The project objective is to design a new carbon zero home located near the centre of Worcester. The final building design is one storey and has 240m2 of internal living area. The dwelling received a score of 95.4 for classification as Code Level 6 from the Code for Sustainable Homes, i.e. zero carbon.

 

 

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Optimisation of mechanical biological waste treatment plant

The project focused on reviewing, optimising and redesigning an IVC (in-vessel composting) plant for Veolia Environment.

Veolia compost

 

 

Low-cost terrain sensor

An investigation into the feasibility of a low-cost terrain sensing system

Terrain sensing vehicle

 

Warwick Biomedical Engineering Outreach

BME outreach

Warwick Rail Challenge

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