CS/EE/ME 75, 2010-11 - Course Schedule

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This page contains the schedule for the course, linked to the Solar Decathlon project schedule and deliverables. Each term is a separate section, listed here in reverse chronological order.

Fall 2010[edit]

Activities in Fall 2010 are focused on the design development phase of the competition. At the end of this phase, we should have a buildable design for the entire house. Design documents are due to DOE on 23 November 2010.

Project GOTChA chart[edit]

This quad chart gives a snapshot of the planned activities for the term, at a high level. This information is presented here in the form of a GOTChA chart.

Goals[edit]

  • Build an integrated team (SCI-Arc + Caltech) that can win the 2011 Solar Decathlon
  • Complete the design development phase of the Solar Decathlon competition and submit design documents on time
  • Evaluate and explore options for providing some technology sizzle in our design

Technical Challenges[edit]

  • Bring 20-30 new Caltech students from diverse backgrounds and skill levels up to speed quickly
  • Integration of SCI-Arc and Caltech activities (people, goals, schedule, deliverables)
  • Some existing baseline designs are not very complete; need more work and re-validation
  • Some subsystems have no baseline design

Objectives[edit]

  • Assign students to subsystems and teams, with linkages between teams with overlapping functionality or interfaces
  • For subsystems with existing baseline designs:
    • Revalidate the baseline design computations and verify that baseline can achieve maximum points for relevant competition(s)
    • Communicate and agree on specifications and choices with IPT and SCI-Arc teams
    • Perform model-based analysis of system performance in a form that can be used for trade-off studies
    • Document the baseline design in a manner that is compatible with design development phase deliverable
    • Evaluate technology options that can be incorporated into our design and perform cost analysis for each
  • For subsystems without existing baseline designs:
    • Analyze options design with performance, cost, electrical load, thermal load estimates
    • Establish a baseline design that can achieve maximum points for relevant competition(s), in agreement with IPT and SCI-Arc teams
    • Document the baseline design in a manner that is compatible with design development phase deliverable
  • Develop and maintain system-level cost and energy budgets and use these to verify ability to maximize points on engineering-driven competitions
    • Provide a design capable of full capability (max points) with net-zero energy consumption for 95th percentile day
    • Provide a design capable of 90% max points on worst case day (over last 20 years)

Approach[edit]

  • Stick to summer 2010 system architecture decisions; avoid re-inventing the wheel
  • Hold off on alterations to the baseline until we have a fully analyzed, documented and costed baseline
  • Schedule planning event with Caltech + SCI-Arc to help people meet each other and align goals, milestones and schedule
  • Make use of the project wiki as a mechanism to document and enhance team communication
  • Identify individual students who will be responsible for insuring good cross-project integration between appropriate groups
  • Develop analytical or computational models demonstrating that specifications can be met
  • Milestones
    • 13 Oct: each subsystem team knows what SD rules apply to their subsystem + understand existing baseline design
    • 27 Oct: revalidated/preliminary baseline design computations for each subsystem (depending on initial state); shared decision making between SCI-Arc and Caltech
    • 10 Nov: rigorously analyzed and documented baseline designs complete for all subsystems
    • 23 Nov: design development documentation complete and delivered to DOE
    • 10 Dec: final reports for each student due, with complete subsystem documentation available on project wiki


Course schedule[edit]

Week Date Topic Reading/Activities Homework
1[edit]
27 Sep (M) Organizational meeting
  • Reed: Solar Decathlon overview [15 min]
  • Fei: Baseline overview [15 min]
  • Richard: CS/EE/ME 75 organization [20 min]
  • Q&A [5 min]
  • Submit signup and scheduling sheet by Wed @ noon to box outside 109 Steele
  • Read SD rules and baseline design descriptions (see HW #1)
  • Team assignments (required for HW #1) will be available by Thursday (30 Sep)
HW #1
  • SD competition rules
  • Subsystem baseline description
  • Wiki user page creation
2[edit]
4 Oct (M) Project schedule
  • Overall SD schedule [Reed]
  • SCI-Arc/Caltech master schedule for fall [Reed]
  • GOTChA charts [Richard]
  • Milestone "party" (9 Oct?)

Team meetings start. Joint scheduling event with Sci-Arc on 9 Oct (?)

HW #2: Team schedules, subsystem GOTChAs
3[edit]
11 Oct (M)* System specifications
  • Baseline specifications [Fei]
  • Documentation format [Reed]
HW #3: Project specifications
4[edit]
18 Oct (M) System modeling HW #4: Baseline model and analysis
5[edit]
25 Oct (M)* Design review process Design reviews (midterms)
6[edit]
1 Nov (M) Team presentation
7[edit]
8 Nov (M)* Team presentation
8[edit]
15 Nov (M)* Team presentation Design review
9[edit]
22 Nov (M) Project review Building information model, design drawings and project manual due
10[edit]
29 Nov (M) Lessons learned and plans for second term Project documentation due (end of finals)