• MECT2103
  • Mechatronics 1

  • Credits (ECTS): 5
  • Mechanical and Design Engineering

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Module Description

This module builds on the fundamentals introduced in Electronic, Electrical and Mechanical Systems modules. Bringing these core subject areas together towards the integration of Mechanical/Manufacturing and Electrical/Electronic Engineering is the major focus of this module. The module provides the learner with the opportunity of developing a realisation for the importance of selecting appropriate measurement methods, as well as suitable signal conditioning techniques, when attempting to automate a process/cycle. Knowledge Breadth: This module draws on the fundamental principles introduced in Electronic, Electrical and Mechanical Systems in Stage 1 of the course in the development of instrumentation systems appropriate to modern manufacturing environments. The principle of operation, and application, of various traditional and modern sensors and transducers are discussed. Various actuation methods (Mechanical/Electrical) will be introduced to highlight application of sensors and signal conditioning methods only. Kind: Interpretation of catalogue specifications along with laboratory based calibration of a range of industrially important sensors will allow the learner make a knowledgeable selection of an appropriate sensor for a given design problem. Project work will be used to highlight the importance of research and independent study in sourcing information not presented in lectures. The integrated (Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Manufacturing) aspect of the module is illustrated with the use of typical application areas during delivery/project work. Know-How and Skill Range: The learner will have an extensive range of skills in the area of sensor/signal conditioning selection, implementation, and evaluation which can be applied in a wide range of Manufacturing industries. Selectivity: The learner will be capable of selecting the appropriate sensor for a range of engineering tasks based on the nature of the application, Input/Output requirements, cost, environment etc. The learner will be able to perform Analogue-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analogue interfacing tasks using standard interfacing/conditioning methods. The learner will be expected to carry out research/project work in a logical manner from the design stage through to the implementation/evaluation stages. Competence Context: The learner will be able to apply the range of skills developed in this module in a range of modern manufacturing/mechanical industries. These skills can also be used to good effect in Stage 3 of the programme. Role: The learner, as an individual or as part of a team, will be able to perform in the role of an instrumentation technologist/technician in a variety of industries. This role could involve supervising and taking responsibility for production (or stages of production) of a wide range of components/devices/systems. Learning to Learn: Through the extensive use of project/laboratory type material in the module, the learner will have developed skills, as an individual and as a member of a team, in the area of information gathering and research in engineering. From this the learner will realise the importance of continuously updating their knowledge in an ever-changing field so as to stay ?current' with developments. Insight: The learner, both as an individual and as part of a team, will have performed tasks with an understanding of the importance of issues such as energy requirements, cost, environmental impact, and societal impact.

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to prepare learners for a career in a range of Manufacturing Engineering industries. This module introduces the learner to a wide range of sensors/transducers, instrumentation and control equipment in a highly application driven manner. The practical aspect of the module aims to enhance the student's ability to perform in a team driven environment. Project work is used to highlight the importance of ethical issues in the role of an automation/instrumentation technologist.

Indicative Syllabus

Actuators :
Criteria for sensor selection
Electrical actuation systems
Ideal characteristics and parameters. Negative feedback. Inverting amplifier. Non-inverting amplifier. Differential amplifier. Integrating amplifier. Differentiating amplifier. Voltage follower. Instrumentation amplifier.
Laboratory Experiments (chosen from the following list)
Mechanical Actuation systems
Operational Amplifier circuits
Operational Amplifiers:
Operational amplifier applications and Analysis
Passive and active signal conditioning methods. Protection & filtering. Analogue-to-Digital (A/D) Conversion, Digital-to-Analogue (D/A) Conversion, Multiplexing, Data Acquisition, Pulse Modulation.
Performance terminology and characteristics. Sensors for the measurement of displacement and proximity, velocity, force, pressure, liquid flow and level, temperature, and light.
Pneumatic and Hydraulic Actuation systems
Review of relevant electrical and electronic principles
Selecting components from catalogues
Sensors & Transducers:
Signal Conditioning:
Strain Gauge connection and analysis
The 4-Bit Optical Encoder
The Linear Variable Differential Transformer (LVDT)
The Linear and Rotary Potentiometer
The Optical Tachometer
The Reed Switch
The Reflective Optical Beam sensor
The dc Tachometric Generator
Variable Area Capacitor
Variable Reluctance Probe

Total Contact Teaching Hours:48
Class Size:30

Pre-requisite Modules

Title Code
Electrical Systems 1 ELEC1103
Electrical Systems 2 ELEC1203
Electronic Systems ELTR1203
Mechanical Systems 1 MECH1103
Mechanical Systems 2 MECH1203

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