‘Learning while Earning’ short distance-learning courses for industry professionals

Data Acquisition Systems
A Motorsport Knowledge Exchange programme

A distance learning course which will provide you with an excellent understanding of the theoretical and practical issues of a wide range of Data Acquisition Systems, in the context of a racing car.

Motorsport Engineering Centre

and relevant theoretical topics are covered. This section is automotive-related. reducing lap times? 4) Doing something about it. including aspects of the use of the MATLAB program. ultimately. probably with a BEng or BSc degree. conversion of signals to the digital domain. The final chapter looks at practical applications for data acquisition systems in a motor racing context.. Practical issues relevant to automotive sensors are also covered. Made me want to be back at university. which may be new to some students. though no prior knowledge of this is assumed. It is set in the context of motor racing data acquisition systems. Wayne Gross. Pat Symonds. but is applicable to all areas of engineering. if it is not directly given? What do signals mean in the context of running the car and. Data Acquisition Systems is a postgraduate level course and will require on average 200 hours of study.uk ’ ‘ I am really enjoying this course so far and want to commend you guys on your effort. The course also covers some general academic ground. errors. what we can measure with them – the performance itself and the associated characteristics. strategy and actions by the team in terms of practical changes needed on the car to implement the required improvements. but most material is generally applicable. The course covers the use of MATLAB to process signals. together with the processing of the data in loggers. stored. RenaultF1 http://motorsport. and the use of features such as ‘math channels’. linearise sensor outputs. is also available. and filtering. and the course team worked with a number of race teams and manufacturers during its development. where you will work on a Formula Renault racing car using state-of-the-art equipment.ac. The content is organised into four ‘strands’: 1) The sensors – how they work. An optional practical course. What is the course about? The course is about providing a good understanding of the theoretical and practical issues involved in using a wide range of data acquisition systems.Who is the course for? The course is designed for engineers having a mechanical and/or automotive/motorsport background. Really good. and read. although it would be applicable for those with practical racing experience and some mathematical knowledge. 2) How to fit the sensors to a car and how the data are converted. It covers sensors and transducers. How do we process the signals to get what we want. ‘ The course can be part of a Masters programme.brookes. issues such as calibration and accuracy etc. former Executive Director of Engineering. digital signal processing. filter noise and interference from signals. 3) How to interpret the data. noise and interference reduction. Race Support Engineer . The course arose in response to a real industry need. and other tasks.

This element of the course is optional and additional tuition fees are payable. Course Requirements You will need a computer running Windows XP or 2000 with a DVD-ROM drive to access the course material. These computer-marked assignments give automatic feedback. you will have the opportunity to complete a 3-day residential course where you will be able to put your new knowledge into practice. http://motorsport. depending on your answers. and questions can be repeated if necessary. General Manager. for your own feedback and for assessment. You will be sent a course pack which will include a Study Guide. There is also a final tutor-marked assignment.brookes. Although you will be expected to study autonomously. It is NOT necessary to know how to use MATLAB before you start the course. Easy to follow and instructive at the same time. and in the new Motorsport Engineering Centre at Oxford Brookes University. *Oxford Brookes Alumni are eligible for a 10% discount.ac. Tuition Fees The tuition fees for this course are £1200*. The course makes extensive use of the MATLAB computer program. Course Workbook. ’ . A number of these films were shot at the Renault F1 base in Oxfordshire. MoTeC (Europe) The overall coursework material is excellent and well prepared. one for each couple of hours or so of study. On completing the study material. The practical element of the course is an additional £600. DVD-ROM. You will also need access to the Internet to use online resources and undertake the computermarked assignments. through a series of short computer-marked assignments.uk ‘ Peter Jackson. The workbook provides the main content of the course.How does is work? The course is studied part-time via distance-learning and should take about six months to complete although there are no formal start. with the DVD-ROM providing background material in the form of a number of short films/case studies showing theory being put into practice. England. using both low-level and state-of-the-art equipment. ‘ Peter Van Manen. The computer-marked assignments provide a pass/fail assessment only. and supporting material.and end-dates. on location at a race track. and a copy of this will be provided as part of the course material. you will be able to contact a tutor. Your progress will be monitored. Full instructions in use of the relevant features of the program will be given. McLaren Electronics I think that it is a well put-together course. CEO.

such as: Basic processes of data acquisition. speed and position data Other signal processing both with external programs (MATLAB) and using the data logger’s math channels How data from key channels can be used in vehicle performance improvement and driver coaching. sampling theorem. UK t: +44 (0) 1865 484227 e: rprice@brookes. data transfer Nature of signals (Fourier analysis) Filter behaviour and purpose: signal extraction. noise reduction. flow-rate An understanding of the problems of accuracy and resolution Analogue to digital conversion: the process. For more information please contact: Rebecca Price. pressure. and the main technologies for data storage. Oxford. implementing filters in data acquisition systems Use of DSP for Fourier transforms.ac. moving between domains Processing of acceleration data (with MATLAB and in the logger) to produce 2-dimensional speed and position data. time and frequency domains.and non-linear transducers Operation of the main types of sensor e. and related issues Using MATLAB to produce calibration equations for linear. and aliasing Practicalities of connecting sensors to loggers. and actions of the different sub-systems Sensors: basic action. Oxford Brookes University.Course Content The courses covers a number of topics in the field of racing car data acquisition. Wheatley. OX33 1HX. temperature. MKE/CPD/06_2010 . use of GPS data to enhance acceleration. especially as applied to noise reduction CAN bus connection of sensors – how this works. advantages of digital over analogue. acceleration. Wheatley Campus.g. and the main advantages and problems Memory requirement of data loggers. effect of filter order and type of frequency response and phase. the importance of phase Basics of digital signal processing (DSP): how digital filters work. and how practical issues affect data quality Matching sampling rate to signal: Nyquist frequency. School of Technology.uk Oxford Brookes University reserve the right to alter the course and fees without notice. errors.

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