Preparing a Proposal. EE 494 Capstone Group Design Project Prof. DCHopkins DCHopkins@Eng.Buffalo.Edu. Proposal Requirements.
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Capstone Group Design Project
A proposal provides sufficient information to persuade the reviewer that the proposed work represents an innovative and profitable approach to an important engineering problem.
The proposal will be evaluated on
1.0. Circuit partitioning for power and control
1.1. Evaluate present company ballast designs for Sub-Miniature Dimming Ballast (SMDB)
1.1.1. Establish benchmark and performance parameters for lower power operation.
1.1.2. Investigate separating starter and continuous-power lamp drive functions.
1.2. Develop alternate electrical and packaging approaches (include power and signal ASICs)
1.2.1. Evaluate resonant transition, hard switching and class-E electrical topologies
1.2.2. Evaluate higher frequency effects on substrate technologies
1.3. Evaluate Digital Communications
1.3.1. Evaluate IR transmit/receive size reduced circuits for applications to CFL
2.0. Select SMDB product approach
2.1. Develop SMDB product profile
2.1.1. Review present fixtures forms
2.1.2. Determine fixture constraints on physical SMDB product form
2.2. Assess which topology would be the best for this market place.
2.2.1. Perform electrical and physical modeling, design and simulation with proprietary tools
220.127.116.11. Determine optimum inductor / transformer specifications
2.2.2. Perform thermal design and simulation
2.2.3. Perform cost tradeoff analysis to determine least expensive approach
2.3.1. Develop CAD level documentation
3.0. Prototype Design and Evaluation
3.1. Select contract manufacturer for circuits
3.1.1. Survey NYS companies as first and second source suppliers
Involvement of subcontractors or consultants may be appropriate
(See Example Budget Form)
From New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) proposal requirements. See http://www.nyserda.org/791attd.pdf