Mechanical Design
Winter 2017

Vincent Chan, Ph.D, P.Eng
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Mec825  Group Meeting time
Thursdays 8am-10am

Mec825 Lectures
Thursdays 10am - 12noon

Note: attendance to lectures is mandatory,
as we will usually have invited speakers
from industry talking to you about
engineering design.

Project Bid RFP's Due: Monday, Jan 16th, 2017, 3:00pm, Mechanical Dept. Office - wooden box
Your team can submit bids to as many project below as you want, however, all bids must follow the RFP format outlined below.
No late bids will be accepted!
All bids will be reviewed and awarded soley to winning teams by V. Chan, P.Eng.

Project Timeline Due: Monday, Jan 23rd, 2017, please hand in to V.Chan's assignment box

Responsibilities of Each Team Member - Due: Friday, Jan 27th, 2017, please hand in to V.Chan's assignment box

Interim Report - Due: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017, please hand in to V.Chan's assignment box

Preliminary Design Drawings (including flowcharts if necessary) -
Due: Friday, March 10th, 2017, please hand in to V.Chan's assignment box

Conference Paper - Due: Friday, April 7th, 2017, hard copy and .pdf uploaded to D2L, please hand it to the Mechanical Dept. Office by 3pm

Final Reports
- Due: Friday, April 7th, 2017, please hand it to the Mechanical Dept. Office by 3pm

Project Presentations - All Day!  

Ryerson Engineering Day (RED):
* Time: Friday, April 28th - Afternoon
* Venue: ENG Building.
* Lunch: The Dean's Office will provide pizza and pop.
* Poster: Poster requirements will be posted to D2L
* Poster Printing: You'll need to submit a PDF to Dr. Chan - deadline TBA
* Poster Stands: To be provided by the Dean's office.


Request for Proposal Template - Word Document - 34K

Interim Report Template - Word Document - 28K

Conference Paper Template - Word Document - 39K

Final Design Report Guide

Design Report & Presentation Guide - PDF - 120K

Design Projects - Winter 2017
Project Brief
Prof. Habiba Bougherara - EPH 312C

1. Design, manufacturing and optimization of a hybrid composite for Impact applications
Link to project description PDF

Prof. Richard Budny - EPH 305
1. Design of a Small Home Energy Storage System for Heating
Link to project description PDF

2. Design of a Crude Oil Delivery System
Link to project description PDF

Prof. Jun Cao - EPH 316
1. Design of a tornado resistent wall using CFD tools

2. Computational analysis towards an optimized orientation for a 7-tower configuration in a tornadic wind field

Prof. Vincent Chan - EPH 326

1. Electricity Generation from Cassava Waste

Cassava (similar to a potato) is a staple in many parts of Africa. Waste from cassava processing (peelings, etc) can be turned into methane gas. In turn this gas can be used to generate electricity. Working with Joseph Amankrah (Ryerson) and students at the University of Cape Coast, your team will design a new cassava waste bio-gas system that can be built and maintained locally.

2. Passive Greenhouse Temperature Control with IOT

In this project, you are to regulate the temperature of a greenhouse by opening a vent to release heat (during the day) or closing a vent (during the night) to retain heat. Using a Texas Instruments LaunchPad CC3200 wifi module and a hobby servo (both provided) to operate the vent, your system should use weather forcast (via wifi/internet of things IOT) to take advantage of heat gain/loss to maintain the ideal growing temperature in the greenhouse. Team should have skills to model the greenhouse (thermo students) and program the TI module (similar to Arduino) mechatronics students.

3. Lego Sorting Robot

Using a webcam, a PC and Matlab, your team is to design and build a lego sorting robot. You will be supplied with an Arduino UNO, and 4 hobby servo motors. You are to design, build the robot arm that can be control with the Arduino and servos. (parts for the arm can be laser cut) The program (Matlab) should use machine vision to recognize the lego pieces and then sort them into bins. The ideal team would be made up of Solids Design, Manufacturing and Mechatronics students.

Prof. Daolun Chen - EPH 340B

1.  Design of lightweight and corrosion-resistant magnesium body panels
The new fuel economy standards require automakers to bring the average fuel efficiency for all cars and trucks sold to 23.2 kilometres per litre (54.5 miles per US gallon) by 2025, nearly double the current average. According to a recent survey, lightweight structural materials will have the most impact in helping automakers meet fuel-economy targets. Design a new lightweight magnesium sheet metal panels for the next-generation auto production.
2. Design of a car engine cradle using lightweight magnesium alloys
Reducing weight in ground vehicles and aircraft is today considered as one of the most effective approaches to improve fuel economy and reduce anthropogenic environment-damaging emissions. The application of magnesium alloys, being the lightest structural metallic materials, has thus attracted considerable interest in the automotive and aerospace industries in recent years. Design a new car engine cradle using lightweight magnesium alloys to replace the heavier steel counterpart.
3.  Design of a rotating bending fatigue testing machine
A rotating bending fatigue testing machine will be designed to test smooth round specimens. Bending stress is applied to the specimen by means of dead weights. An indicator providing the number of completed cycles with automatic shut-off upon specimen failure and providing an indication of the operating speed (in rotations per minute or RPM) is needed.

4.  Design of a three-point bending fatigue test stage
A three-point bending fatigue test stage will be designed to fit into the existing Instron 8801 fatigue testing system, with a capacity of 50 kN and a factor of safety of 5.

Prof. Seth Dworkin - EPH 324

1. Design of an automatic sensor-controlled residential geothermal heating and cooling system

Geothermal heating and cooling (geoexchange) systems are becoming inexpensive and desirable in residential homes. They can provide an environmentally sustainable source of heating and cooling at competitive prices. Integrating a geoexchange system into an existing thermostat controlled dwelling is challenging.

The goal of this project is to design a geothermal ground loop heating and cooling system, suitable for an upscale residential dwelling (4000 – 6000 sq.ft). The system should be thermostat controlled in both the heating season and cooling season. It will have a ground loop through which fluid flows and takes on the ground temperature, a heat pump, a circulation pump, temperature and flow rate sensors, and a heat exchanger so that a forced air stream can be either heated or cooled. It should be hybridized with a conventional HVAC system for peak shaving. The control system should be able to intelligently decide which systems are running and at what time.

2. Residential Flood Prevention System
Residential floods can be caused by pipes freezing and bursting, or by leaks that spring from worn or faulty fittings and joints. Leak severity can be anywhere from a slow drip to a major flow. Leaks can cause flooding, especially when occupants are out of the house or away on vacation, and the leak goes undetected. Damage can range be hundreds of thousands of dollars, and may only be partially covered by insurance.

The goal of this project is to design a leak monitoring and flood prevention system, that can automatically detect leaks, distinguishing them from normal water use, and then alert the home owner and shut off the water to prevent flooding and major damage. The system should be relatively un-intrusive to install, simple to operate, and reliable.

Prof. Jake Friedman - EPH 301
1.  Waste Heat Boiler Design
Design a waste heat boiler that generates 150 PSI steam using the waste gases from an industrial furnace. The furnace consumes 20,000,000 BTU/hr and emits exhaust at 1800°F. You will also perform an economic analysis to determine whether this project is feasible.
2. Solar Powered Portable Cooling System
Design a solar-powered portable (pick-up truck transportable) cooling system to provide cooling for portable disaster relief field hospitals.

Prof. Alan Fung - EPH340A

1. Design and prototyping of a heat transfer enhanced hybrid air based building integrated solar photovoltaic/thermal (BIPV/T) collector: (highest Priority and must be done in W2017)

Building Integrated Photovoltaic/Thermal (BIPV/T) systems are arrays of photovoltaic panels integrated into the building structures such as facades and roofs that can produce electricity and recover useful thermal energy by circulating fluid behind the array of photovoltaic panels. This energy can be used for space heating, domestic water heating, and even air conditioning. For continuous and sufficient space heating in cold climate like Canada, BIPV/T systems must be coupled with air source heat pumps (ASHPs). Recent advances in two-stage (TS) variable capacity (VC) air source heat pump (ASHP) have demonstrated that such system can be successfully used with comparable overall performance of ground source heat pump (GSHP) in the harsh Toronto climatic condition (Kamel & Fung, 2014a; 2014b), cold in winter and hot in summer, without requiring any supplementary heat source even during the coldest period encountered at -22°C (Safa et al., 2015a; 2015b). Thus, by providing space heating, domestic water heating, summertime cooling, and electricity production, the coupling of BIPV/T with two-stage VC-ASHPs will bring existing buildings closer to the goal of net-zero energy status in a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly manner, providing possibilities for long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction, employment and green business opportunities. Currently, there are a few challenges in making air based BIPV/T system a viable cost effective net-zero energy building technology. Among them are 1) heat transfer enhancement to cool off PV panels while recovering thermal energy efficiently, and 2) efficient way of mounting PV panels to building facades (wall and roof) to ensure air- and water-tight system with ease of installation, service, and repair. Therefore, the overall objective of this project is to design and prototype structural insulated panel (SIP) supported BIPV/T collector(s) with enhanced heat transfer mechanism. The eventual prototype(s) will be used for both laboratory studies (both at Ryerson and Concordia University’s Solar Simulator and Climate Chamber facility) as well as for actual implementation at the full-scale (30ft x 25ft) BIPV/T test hut facility located at the TRCA Kortright Centre. It is envisioned that the prototype(s) will include some kind of heat transfer fins attached at the back of the PV modules for allowing more efficient way to dissipate heat from PV modules into the moving cooling air between the PV modules and the SIP. Standardized PV module mounting system onto the SIP based building facades should be designed and prototyped, perhaps with the aid of 3-D printing technology. Other additional experimental study related equipment (such as variable drive fan/blower) and sensors (temperatures, solar radiation-pyranometers, and air flow rate) are to be selected and properly integrated into the prototype(s) for testing.
solar fung

2. Design of a compact energy efficient renewable energy integrated HVAC system for the Team Toronto 2017 China Solar Decathlon house: (highest Priority and must be done in W2017)

Design and analysis of a super energy efficient but well integrated compact HVAC system for the 2017 China Solar Decathlon Competition ( Ryerson, with University of Toronto, and Seneca College, have recently formed a consortium, called Team Toronto, intended to submit a proposal to compete the next Solar Decathlon Competition. The house, part of a mid-rise residential condominium building, will be completely powered by solar energy. The design and analysis include the estimation of electrical, hot water, and ventilation/infiltration loads as well as the space heating and cooling loads. The proposed HVAC system should meet the energy requirement of the house with the available on-site solar energy while maintaining the optimal thermal comfort throughout the year. It is expected that the student team will incorporate the most advanced up-to-dated HVAC system design and components with adaptive control strategies using short-term weather forecast information to maximize the available on-site renewable energies for both heating/cooling/ventilation. It is expected that the team will consider the latest advancement in solar energy technologies (PV, BIPV, PVT, BIPV/T, heat pump water heater) and variable capacity cold climate air source heat pump systems for the project. Due to the diurnal nature of the solar energy it is expected that temporary thermal storages, such as the use of phase change materials as embedded thermal storage and water tank as discrete thermal storage, are required. The team will also be responsible for the design and simulation of the integrated HVAC system. The team is required to learn and use a number of simulation software (such as Hot2000 and RETScreem initially and then TRNSYS and/or EnergyPlus) for the design analysis and proper control of the overall HVAC system.

Reference to our previous Team ONT/BC (or Team North) 2009 US DOE Solar Decathlon project:

3. Conceptual Design and Control of Transcritical CO2 based Heat Pump System

This project entails the conceptual design, analysis, and control of a transcritical CO2 based heat pump integrated energy system suitable for mechanical engineering education and research. The project will eventually provide a set of equipment for our thermofluids/energy related laboratories to better reflect the current state and interest of alternative/sustainable/renewable energy systems by the society, industry, and students. This CO2 heat pump based integrated energy system will be capable for providing space heating, space cooling, and domestic water heating in current and future energy efficient/net-zero energy residential houses in North America. The overall system will be suitable and used for various levels of mechanical engineering courses to demonstrate fundamental thermodynamics concepts/cycles, heat transfer principles, applied integrated energy systems and the related control strategies, and environmental issues.

Heat pump, particularly coupled with renewable energy, is considered to be the key technology in heating/cooling applications for the future carbon neutral economy. However, conventional man-made refrigerants are not ozone friendly and contribute to the greenhouse effect. Carbon dioxide (CO2), naturally occurring gas, is environmentally friendlier. However, CO2 based heat pumps, run at much higher temperature and pressure (safety issues, but it will be good opportunity for the Canadian cold climate condition requiring higher temperature lift by the heat pump) than conventional heat pumps and the refrigeration cycles, are based on transcritical process of CO2 that requires proper gas cooler and control for efficient operation. Therefore, more studies are needed for CO2 based heat pumps to be widely accepted by the industry/consumers. Thus, it will also create opportunity for research. Having said that, pilot demonstration projects of using CO2 based refrigeration systems have been conducted for supermarket applications in Canada by the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Sobeys (a national supermarket chains). In addition, many major automobile manufacturers have made the decision to adopt CO2 based air conditioning systems for their future automobiles. This trend will continue and accelerate, therefore, equipping our students with knowledge on such advanced and state-of-the-art system will be very beneficial to their future career.

One of the most prominent world problems is climate change due to the consumption of fossil fuels and the associated greenhouse gas emissions. Global warming is affected by different factors such as low efficiency of equipment as well as release of refrigerant gases like HCFCs (hydro-chlorofluorocarbon) and CFCs (chlorofluorocarbon). Based on statistics from International Energy Agency (2007), households consume about 29% of total world energy. More than half of this amount is being consumed for the space heating and cooling, and domestic water heating. One of the popular equipment in residential sector in order to fulfill these purposes are heat pumps. This technology employs refrigerants in order to transfer the heat from cold temperature source to hot temperature sink.

After abolishing the use of CFCs and HCFCs in the Montreal Protocol, two replacement categories were hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) and natural refrigerants. A release of one kilogram of an HFC gas has 1000-3000 times contribution to global warming than release of one kilogram of CO2. Due to high global warming potential (GWP) of HFCs, these gases have been included in the Kyoto Agreement to be regulated (Neksa, 2002). Among all natural gases, CO2 has ozone depletion potential (ODP) equal to zero and global warming potential equal to one. It is not toxic, flammable or corrosive (Papadaki et al., 2015). There is a net surplus of CO2 in the world that can be used in the refrigeration cycle, therefore CO2 is widely available and inexpensive (Neksa, 2002).

Despite all the mentioned benefits, two factors must be considered while employing CO2 in heat pump refrigeration cycle: 1) low critical temperature, and 2) high working pressure. CO2 become super critical fluid at temperature of 31.1°C and pressure of 73.7 bar. Therefore, this low critical temperature limits the operating temperature range for subcritical cycles because heat cannot be transferred at temperatures greater than critical temperature (Austin et al., 2011). High pressure can cause design challenges but by today technology and knowledge, this challenge has been transformed to an advantage of decreasing component sizes due to high volumetric capacity (Neksa, 2002). Due to low efficiency, CO2 systems could have higher energy consumption than HFC systems, hence they can indirectly contribute to global warming. Because this contribution depends on the real working condition of each application, there are some research which investigate the correlation between working condition and output efficiency. Calebrese et al. (2015) presented experimental results for an air to air heat pump roof-top system with transcritical CO2 cycle during the heating season. The results showed that for temperatures above 16 °C in gas cooler inlet, the studied heat pump could operate with COP less than HFC heat pump. On the other hand, for temperatures less than 10°C in gas cooler inlet, the systems operated steadily and the lower the temperature the higher the performance obtained. Yang et al. (2010) developed a mathematical model for transcritical water to water CO2 heat pump. The model results, which were verified by the experimental data, demonstrated that by decreasing inlet temperature and increasing mass flow rate of cooling water, the system performance increased and the optimal heat rejection pressure reduced.

 Please contact Dr. Alan Fung ( for more details and background information.

Prof. Ahmad Ghasempoor - EPH 325

1. Design of an electrical linear actuator with mechanical overload protection

2. N/A - Not Available - group with industrial project

Prof. Siyuan He - EPH 312B not teaching this winter
Prof. Wey Leong - EPH 306A

1. Designs of solar-assisted hybrid ground source heat pump systems
In this project, collected solar thermal energy during the summer is used to supplement the heating of a building in the heating season for a hybrid ground source heat pump system. Different innovative hybrid designs must be developed.

2. Design of a waste heat recovery system for electricity production
In this project, a heat recovery system will be designed to recover waste heat from hot flue gas for electricity production. The produced electricity will either be sold to the grid or be stored for use later.

Prof. Bill Lin
EPH 317

1. Vibration damper design for beam-like object subjected to random disturbance

In this project, the team will design a vibration damping mechanism to be attached to a beam like object and demonstrate its vibration damping capability under random noise perturbation.

2. Autonomous snow shovelling robot design.

In this project, the team will complete the overall design and analysis of an autonomous robot for snow shovelling and demonstrate its operation capability.

Prof. Hua Lu - EPH334B not teaching this winter

Prof. David Naylor - EPH 

1. Design of a Bladeless “Flow-inducer” Wind Tunnel

A small wind tunnel will be designed based on the same physics as the Dyson bladeless fan. The goal is to design a low-speed wind tunnel for convective heat transfer experiments in my research lab using only a compressed air supply, i.e. no fan. A flow cross section of about 30cm by 30cm is needed. This project will involve basic fluid mechanics analysis, as well as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) using SolidWorks Flow Simulation. The goal is to build and test the amount of flow induction that can be achieved using a simple prototype. The predicted and measured flow rates will be compared.

2. Design of a Thermoelectric Refrigerator

Refrigerators that operate using the Peltier effect are commercially available. A “Peltier Cooler” is a solid state refrigeration device that operates on DC current. The goal of this project is to design a small (portable) thermoelectric refrigerator that provides an interior temperature of 4oC. The project will involve basic heat transfer calculations (e.g. heat sink design) and computational fluid dynamics (using SolidWorks Flow Simulation).

3. Domestic Hot Water Pre-heating Heat Exchanger

A Toronto inventor would like a MEC825 team to evaluate his US patented heat exchanger device that reduces energy consumption for domestic hot water. The goal of the project is to evaluate the long term energy savings. A prototype has already been installed and instrumented, and some data has been obtained. The team will evaluate the existing data and suggest additional experiments to validate the performance. The team will also examine possible design improvements. This project will involve on-site testing (in North Toronto) in collaboration with the inventor.


Prof. Don Oguamanan - EPH 319

1. Design of a Cassava Processing Machine

Cassava (similar to a potato) is a staple in many parts of Africa. Currently, machine peeled cassava results in as much as 30% waste, whereas hand peeled is as little as 5% waste. Working with Joseph Amankrah (Ryerson) and students at the University of Cape Coast, your team will design a new cassava processing machine that can be built and maintained locally.

2. N/A - Not Available - SAE Formula Design

Prof. Marcello Papini - EPH327not teaching this winter
Prof. Ravi Ravindran - EPH332D

1. Design of a a rotary bubbling lance.

2. Design of an Electrical Conductivity Analyzer.

Prof. Ziad Saghir - EPH 322

1.  Design a small scale Mack Zehnder interferometry to study red Blood cell structure
2. Design a small scale device to create pulsating flow

Select an existing wet/dry vacuum cleaner and redesign it to lessen the noise generated by the device during operation. The new design must be of comparable cost (for a comparable production run), and must minimize risk of damage to the hearing of users and co-users.
DFMA and Human Factors tools are expected to be used.
Other improvements, such as ease of cleaning, are preferred but not necessary.

2. N/A - Not Available - SAE Supermillage and/or THRILL project
Prof. Farrokh Sharifi - EPH 318

1. Design of vision-based LEGO soccer player

2. Design of a snake robot (You can use LEGO components or Arduino platform)

Prof. Frankie Stewart - EPH320

not teaching this winter

Prof. Scott Tsai - EPH338B

1. Design and simulation of microfluidic chemical mixing channels

Microfluidic lab-on-a-chip systems have become ubiquitous in biomedical research. For example, microfluidic devices have been used for single cell studies, DNA sequencing, and drug testing. Due to the small-scale of microfluidic systems, microfluidics is well-suited for manipulation of cell-scale biological agents and particles, and reduces the amount of reagents required during experiments.

However, despite the promise of microfluidics to miniaturize and transform biochemical assays, microfluidic devices are still hampered by the slow molecular diffusion process at small scales. Since fluid flow in microfluidic systems is completely laminar, diffusion happens only passively. Many diffusion-limited reactions very slow as a consequence of this limitation of microfluidic devices. It is therefore desirable to develop microfluidic mixing channels that increase the diffusion area between different chemical effluents, without dramatically increasing the footprint of the microfluidic devices.

In this project, the students will use COMSOL Multiphysics, to design various microfluidic channel geometries, and simulate fluid flow and diffusion dynamics in the channels, to analyze the channel's fluid mixing efficiency. Students will review the scientific literature to understand what designs may improve mixing efficiency, develop their own ideas on new designs, and implement those designs in COMSOL Multiphysics.

2. Design and simulation of microfluidic geometries that enable the separation of particles by size and density

Microfluidic lab-on-a-chip systems have become ubiquitous in biomedical research. For example, microfluidic devices have been used for single cell studies, DNA sequencing, and drug testing. Due to the small-scale of microfluidic systems, microfluidics is well-suited for manipulation of cell-scale biological agents and particles and reduces the amount of reagents required for experiments.

One of the most important microfluidic biomedical applications is microscale flow cytometry--the separation of two or more types of particles based on their physical and/or biological properties. The capability to efficiently separate microparticles may find utility in cell sorting, enrichment, and isolation. While microfluidic flow cytometry by electromagnetic means has been demonstrated in the past, these approaches require the microparticles to be "tagged" by objects that are either magnetic or produce an electrical dipole under an applied electric field. To date, there has not been a widely accepted way to perform microfluidic flow cytometry without applying electromagnetic tags.

In this project, students will use COMSOL Multiphysics to design various microfluidic channels that enable the efficient separation of two types of particles by particle size and density, without tagging the particles. Students will review the relevant scientific literature to understand the state-of-the-art techniques being employed for microfluidic flow cytometry, and devise new and novel designs to exploit physical phenomena (i.e. inertia) to separate the particles in microfluidic systems.

Prof. Mark Towler - EPH319 not teaching this winter
Prof. Ahmad Varvani - EPH 306C

1. Arresting the plastic deformation accumulation and ratcheting by controlling design parameters in machinery components under cyclic loads.

2. Design of load-bearing engineering components to promote plastic shakedown and to minimize overall damage in structures.

3. Mapping damage in composite materials and design against failure.

4. System design to monitor air pollution.

5. Design of a new device to monitor symptoms before seizure in children.

Prof. Venkat Venkatkrishnan - EPH312A 1. Design of nano Composite hockey stick:
The project required details analysis of nano composites (fabrication and design methodology) and its physical properties for its application in sport equipments. The group will be required to compare different nano composite materials, fabrication methodology and their design parameters. Theoretical data need to compare with simulated results under different design parameters considered.

2. Design of a micro fluidic device for biological cell analysis:
Lab on a chip is widely used for sensing and diagnostic application in biomedical field. The group is required to investigate various methodologies in fabricating micro fluidic devices, its advancement (state of the art).  A cell separating micro fluidic device need to be designed based on the property of the biological cell and micro fluid mechanics principle. Design parameters validated by Simulation.

Prof. Shudong Yu - EPH321 1. Design of a wheel-less vehicle for climbing and other treacherous tasks   
Traditional machines empowered by various mechanisms to achieve some complex functions or motions with reference to its base, frame or ground either fixed in space or whose motion is irrelevant. Now in this project, motion of the base is the key.  The delivery of base motion is done through the coordinated mechanisms, gravity and contact.  The objective of the project is to design two or more planar or spatial mechanisms driven by one or multiple “engines” or “motors” to move in a coordinated manner to deliver the desired motion of climbing a hill with bumps.        

2. Design of a motor-driven high speed flexible mechanism for dynamic stability studies 
A testing machine driven by an AC/motor and speed controller is to be designed and made to validate experimentally the dynamic instability theory of a high-speed flexible mechanism (crank rocker) with a speed increaser under idle and load conditions.   .  

Team Forming Rules:

1) You can form your own team.
2) You cannot have more than 4 people in your team.
3) Teams should be made up of a mix of people from different streams.  There should not me more than 3 people for any one stream.  
4) If you are still having trouble making up a team, please e-mail me.

NOTE:  Students who have their own industry sponsored project still have to submit a project bid proposal on their project.  The same rules and deadlines apply.  You must have 4 team members.
Please include contact information for your industry sponsor and which Mech Prof. has agreed to supervise your team.

Request For Proposals
In both small and large companies, new engineering projects are often farmed out to engineering consulting companies.  To hire the right consultants, companies will put out a Request for Proposals (RFP).  An RFP is a way for consulting companies to bid on engineering projects.  In a way, its lays out how an engineering project should proceed, and a method to explain to your potential client why you have the expertise to carry out this project.

For MEC825 - the design projects will be given to groups based on the merit of their RFP.  Your proposal should include the following information:

Page 1 - Executive Summary - a brief description of your project
Page 2 - Information about your team, qualifications and contact information
Page 3 & 4 - Detailed description of the project
Page 5 - Quality, testing and benchmarking
Page 6 - Project stages and milestones
Page 7 - Deliverables at the end of the project

Request for Proposal Template - Word Document - 34K

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