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MECH8014 - Mechatronics System Design


Module Delivered in

Programme CodeProgrammeSemesterDelivery
CR_EBIOM_8Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Biomedical Engineering7Mandatory
CR_EMECH_8Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering7Mandatory
CR_ESENT_8Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering7Elective
CR_EPRDD_8Certificate in Product Design and Development2Elective

Short Title:Mechatronics System Design
Full Title:Mechatronics System Design
Module Code:MECH8014
NFQ Level:Advanced
ECTS Credits:5.0
Module Coordinator:MICHAEL J O MAHONY
Description:MECHATRONICS is a synergistic combination of mechanical and electrical engineering, computer science, and information technology. This module combines the core aspects of mechatronics (system modeling, simulation, sensors, actuation, real-time computer interfacing, and control) with practical industrial applications. This module features a collection of case studies drawn from a variety of industries to support the modules applied, design-oriented approach.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Summerise how mechatronics integrates knowledge from different disciplines in order to realise engineering and consumer products that are useful in everyday life.
  2. Design static and dynamic boolean logic systems using Combinational, synchronous and asynchronous sequential logic.
  3. Outline the operation of the fundamental elements of microprocessor systems.
  4. Select appropriate transducer signal conditioning and devices for data conversion including operational amplifiers for analogue signal processing.
  5. Implement a continuous-time control design using software on a microprocessor for the Manipulation, Transmission, and Recording of Data.
  6. Select suitable actuators and sensors and integrate them with embedded control computers.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
8571MECH8023System Dynamics & Control Eng
9717CHEP7004Control and Instrumentation
Incompatible Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
  • Digital Circuits
    Digital Representations, Combinational Logic and Logic Classes, Timing Diagrams, Boolean Algebra, Design of Logic Networks. Finding a Boolean Expression given a Truth Table. Sequential Logic, Flip-Flops, applications of Flip-Flops, TTL and CMOS Integrated Circuits. Special Purpose Digital Integrated Circuits, IEEE Standard Digital Symbols.
  • Analog Signal Processing Using Operational Amplifiers
    Amplifiers, Operational Amplifiers. Ideal Model for the Operational Amplifier, Inverting Amplifier, Noninverting Amplifier, Summer, Difference Amplifier, Instrumentation Amplifier, Integrator, Differentiator, Sample and Hold Circuit, Comparator, The Real Op Amp.
  • Microcontroller Programming and Interfacing
    Microprocessors and Microcomputers, Microcontrollers, The PIC16F84 Microcontroller Programming a PIC, PicBasic Pro, Using Interrupts, Interfacing Common PIC Peripherals, Interfacing to the PIC. Method to Design a Microcontroller-Based System.
  • Data Acquisition and Control
    Quantizing Theory. Analog-to-Digital Conversion. Digital-to-Analog Conversion. Virtual Instrumentation. Data Acquisition and Control.
  • Sensors
    Position and Speed, Stress and Strain, Temperature, Vibration and Acceleration, Pressure and Flow Measurement, Semiconductor Sensors and Microelectromechanical devices.
  • Actuators
    Electromagnetic Principles, Solenoids and Relays, Electric Motors, DC Motors, Stepper Motors, Selecting a Motor, Pneumatic and hydraulic actuators.
  • Mechatronic Systems—Control Architectures and Case Studies
    Programming and configuration of various microchip microprocessors using the PICDEM™ Mechatronics demonstration board. The demonstration kit takes a hands-on approach to learning about mechatronics. Jumper wires are provided in the kit which allow the developer to experiment with connecting the PIC microcontroller to various components on the board. These components include sensors, LEDs, human input devices and motor drivers.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.0%
End of Semester Formal Examination60%
 Outcome addressed% of totalAssessment Date
Formal End-of-Semester Examination1,2,3,4,660%Semester End
Coursework Breakdown
TypeDescriptionOutcome addressed% of totalAssessment Date
Written ReportLaboratory reports on the digital systems and analogue signal processing labs.2,3,4,620.0Every Second Week
ProjectMechatronic system design group project1,2,3,4,5,620.0Sem End
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

TypeDescriptionHoursFrequencyAverage Weekly Learner Workload
LectureFormal lecture2.0Every Week2.00
LabMechatronic lab2.0Every Second Week1.00
Directed LearningMechatronics Design Project2.0Every Second Week1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact)Self Directed learning3.0Every Week3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours3.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • William Bolton, 2011, Mechatronics, 4th Ed. [ISBN: 978-0-273-74286-9]
  • Sabri Cetinkunt 2007, Mechatronics, 1st Ed., John Wiley Hoboken, NJ [ISBN: 978-0-471-47987-1]
  • Ernest O. Doebelin, Measurement systems [ISBN: 9780072922011]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • David G. Alciatore, Michael B. Histand 2007, Introduction to Mechatronics and Measurement Systems, 3rd Edition Ed. [ISBN: 9780072963052]
  • Devdas Shetty, Richard A. Kolk, 2010, Mechatronics System Design, SI Version, 2nd Ed., Barnes&Nobel [ISBN: 9781439061992]
  • David Bradley and David W. Russell 2010, Mechatronics in Action, Springer London [ISBN: 978-1-84996-079-3 (PRINT) 978-1-84996-080-9 (ONLIN]
Other Resources

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