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Case Study of a Multidisciplinary Engineering Capstone Design Project: Electric Drive Control System

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Courses and Projects

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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24.263.1 - 24.263.15



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Amit Shashikant Jariwala Georgia Institute of Technology Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Jariwala is the Director of Design & Innovation for the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Production Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India with honors in 2005 and received Masters of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2007 from IIT Bombay, India. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2013, with minors in Entrepreneurship. Dr. Jariwala has more than nine years of research experience in modeling, simulation, engineering design, and manufacturing process development, with research focus on design of polymer based micro additive manufacturing process. During his Ph.D. studies, he was also a participant of the innovative TI:GER® program (funded by NSF:IGERT), which prepares students to commercialize high impact scientific research results. Dr. Jariwala has participated and led several research projects from funded by NSF, the State of Georgia and Industry sponsors. At Georgia Tech, he is responsible for enhancing corporate support for design courses, managing design and fabrication/prototyping facilities, coordinating the design competitions/expo and teaching design courses, with a strong focus on creating and enabling multidisciplinary educational experiences.

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Feng Zhou Georgia Institute of Technology

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He is currently pursuing PhD in Mechanical Engineering at The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests include engineering and product design, human Factors for Product Design, and human-computer interaction. He also obtained his PhD degree in human factors in 2012 in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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Wen-hao Zeng Georgia Institute of Technology

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Wen-hao Zeng is currently a graduate student at Georgia Institute of Technology. His major is Computer Engineering with a focus on embedded systems and networking. He is expected to graduate in December 2014. The electric drive control system was his graduation design project for his undergraduate studies in 2013.

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Shijiao Li Georgia Institute of Technology

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Charles Drexler

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Chong Wang

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Hongrui Zhang Georgia institute of Technology


Roger Jianinx Jiao Georgia Institute of Technology

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Case study of a Multidisciplinary Engineering Capstone Design Project: Electric Drive Control SystemThis paper presents the design and development of an electric drive control system for a multi-motor vehicle with independently driven wheels that can be used as a platform to test an electriccar’s differential drive function. This project was accomplished as a Capstone Senior Designproject consisting of two students from the School of Mechanical Engineering and three studentsfrom the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The design team was advised by twofaculty members: one Mechanical Engineering and one Electrical and Computer Engineering.The motivation behind this project was to simplify the mechanical layout of future electric carsby connecting the motors directly to the wheels. This design would reduce the number ofdrivetrain components, thus improving the overall reliability and efficiency. This paper providesdetails about the design and development of the intelligent electric drive system, as well astesting and validation.The paper focuses on the systematic design process used by the multidisciplinary team in orderto accomplish their project. The design project was adequately partitioned between the studentsfrom the two majors to ensure that the entire team could contribute effectively while being ableto leverage from the expertise of all team members. Based on the team’s experience and facultyinteraction, future guidance on how a sustainable model for enabling multidisciplinary capstonedesign projects is also suggested.

Jariwala, A. S., & Zhou, F., & Zeng, W., & Li, S., & Drexler, C., & Wang, C., & Zhang, H., & Jiao, R. J. (2014, June), Case Study of a Multidisciplinary Engineering Capstone Design Project: Electric Drive Control System Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20154

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