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MECH8014 - Mechatronics System Design

Title:Mechatronics System Design
Long Title:Mechatronics System Design
Module Code:MECH8014
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Coordinator: MICHAEL J O MAHONY
Module 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:
LO1 Summerise how mechatronics integrates knowledge from different disciplines in order to realise engineering and consumer products that are useful in everyday life.
LO2 Design static and dynamic boolean logic systems using Combinational, synchronous and asynchronous sequential logic.
LO3 Outline the operation of the fundamental elements of microprocessor systems.
LO4 Select appropriate transducer signal conditioning and devices for data conversion including operational amplifiers for analogue signal processing.
LO5 Implement a continuous-time control design using software on a microprocessor for the Manipulation, Transmission, and Recording of Data.
LO6 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).
8571 MECH8023 System Dynamics & Control Eng
9717 CHEP7004 Control and Instrumentation
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite 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.
Position and Speed, Stress and Strain, Temperature, Vibration and Acceleration, Pressure and Flow Measurement, Semiconductor Sensors and Microelectromechanical devices.
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 Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Laboratory reports on the digital systems and analogue signal processing labs. 2,3,4,6 20.0 Every Second Week
Project Mechatronic system design group project 1,2,3,4,5,6 20.0 Sem End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,6 60.0 End-of-Semester
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

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Formal lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Mechatronic lab 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Directed Learning Mechatronics Design Project 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self Directed learning 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 9.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

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]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

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