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TME047 - Chalmers formula student  
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPAUT
15,0 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design Engineering
Department: 42 - APPLIED MECHANICS

Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0114 Written and oral assignments 3,0 c Grading: UG   0,0 c 3,0 c    
0214 Project 12,0 c Grading: TH   12,0 c    

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Forskarassistent  Björn Pålsson


TME046   Chalmers formula student


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Admission after agreement with the examiner.


The aim of this course is to provide possibilities for the students to gain knowledge and experiences of applied practical engineering work as well as prototype manufacturing. The course concerns a total car concept where the entire process from conceive and design to implement and operate is regarded. Important topics are system based thinking, communication and teamwork.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Apply functional and solution models in the concept phase of an engineering project to analyse and create concepts for vehicle parts and systems.
  • Apply Computer Aided Engineering (CAD and simulation tools) to design and analyse vehicle parts and systems.
  • Produce drawings or other basis for manufacturing that can be understood by a third party.
  • Lead structured meetings. The requirements for a structured meeting are that there is an objective and agenda for the meeting and that notes are taken where conclusions and actions from the meeting are recorded.
  • Create a project planning that includes tasks and deliverables with due dates and responsibilities.
  • Apply a goal hierarchy method in order to derive engineering requirements for a technical system or part.
  • Show understanding for how an individual part or subsystem contributes to the system as a whole and that the added value to the system and its cost efficiency can vary greatly between different part or subsystem options.
  • Manufacture or assemble parts within one of the manufacturing areas metals, plastics (e.g. carbon fibre reinforced plastics) or electronics.


The course is a design-build-test course with the intent to build a complete ground vehicle in the form of a small competition car. The student will participate in a project team where each participant contributes with a particular part, subsystem or function. The objectives of the course are to use previously acquired knowledge to develop a sub-system or function, participate in manufacturing and competition preparation. Lectures on specific topics essential to the project are given in project phases 1 and 2.


  • Lectures
  • Weekly team meetings
  • Weekly subgroup meetings
  • Written project reports (Pre-Study, Design, Manufacturing & Competition Preparation and Final)
  • Oral Presentations (Pre-Study, Design, Manufacturing & Competition Preparation and Final)
  • Manufacturing Phase subgroup participation
  • Optional: Communications roles




Course handbook will be made available once course has begun

Current Formula SAE rules and competition specific rules



Pre study

  • Technical group report
  • Peer review
  • Lectures/Laboratories
  • Midterm Exam

  • Peer review
  • Individual Design Report

SP3 & SP4

Manufacturing, competition preparation and competition

  • Final report
    • Part I: Manufacturing and competition preparation
    • Part II: Competition and final remarks
  • Peer review




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