After passing the course, the student can:
- define a feasible investigation plan, including research question, literature search, method, deliverables and planning;
- set-up and execute a desk research and draw science based conclusions;
- apply surface engineering into industrial (re-)design and solve the defined problem;
- communicate obtained results: write a clear and concise research report.
"Look and feel properties are explained using roughness, contact mechanics, manufacturing processes and surface treatments. Possibilities to change the look and feel of products are discussed.|
Every time a designer draws a solid line in a sketch or a (technical) drawing, he or she defines a new surface. Usually, the designer doesn't give these surfaces any special attention, but it should be noted that the surface has certain properties which can be altered and modified to better suit the use of the product and the requirements of the user. The surface of a product forms the interface of the product with the user and is therefore important for the appearance of the product and how it is perceived. This course focuses on the ""Look and Feel"" of products from a surface engineering point of view, so how the surface determines the visual appearance as well as the tactile properties of products. These look and feel properties are explained using surface roughness, contact mechanics, manufacturing processes and surface treatments. Possibilities to change the look and feel of products are discussed. This course is finished by summarising the obtained results in ""design guidelines"" for the re-design of a consumer product. During this project, the capability to apply surface engineering in daily (re-)design practice should be demonstrated. The same holds for the integration of subjective evaluations and objective measures. The project is executed in a team of maximum two students