MAR 01] COVENTRY UNIVERSITY NEWS
Students Rise To VW Design Challenge
from Coventry University will be showing off designs for
vehicles built to deliver goods ordered on the internet at a
prestigious trade show tomorrow.
students on the BSc Industrial Product Design course have been
invited to take part in the Commercial Motor Show at the NEC by
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and have been given a display
stand to show off their ideas.
designs are based around a brief to produce a vehicle design for
the domestic delivery of shopping on-line products.
increase in home deliveries is predicted with the growth in
on-line sales, and commercial vehicle manufacturers are looking
at ways of meeting those demands.
the past students have designed domestic cookers, trucks, cars
and planes and worked with famous names such as Richard Noble
and Edward Iveagh as part of industry-sponsored projects.
lecturer Roger Perks has worked with VW on three occasions,
including a previous design for a motor home, but the work has
never received such a high profile reception as tomorrow’s
university has also been working with BOX3, a company which
produces large rotational mouldings, and the students have
incorporated this into their designs.
the Motor Show the students will have models of their designs on
display and a plasma screen will show the various stages of the
design process and the animation of creating the vehicles.
Commercial Vehicles will also make a presentation to the
students as recognition for all their hard work and creativity.
two groups involved in the exhibition are:
design looks at the need to make the most of space in delivery
vehicles for frozen and cold food.
vehicle designs have separate compartments for frozen, chilled
and ambient temperatures, which means all the space is full from
load to load.
design uses insulated boxes, which means the whole volume can be
used for every trip.
design addresses the same issues and again uses the insulated
box approach. Boxes are colour-coded to differentiate the
temperature requirements of their contents.
“frozen box” incorporates an active temperature control
system that enable their contents to be stored at the correct
temperature while waiting to be loaded onto the vehicle. This
approach removes the need for refrigerated rooms.