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ECMM147 - Mechatronics: Sensors and Machine Automation (2015)

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MODULE TITLEMechatronics: Sensors and Machine Automation CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECMM147 MODULE CONVENERDr Matthew Baker (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 32
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Progress from early machines, through to the digital age has been largely attributed to new and improved methods to instrument and control them. Simple everyday domestic systems such as electric kettles, gas central heating through to gas turbines for power generation are all instrumented and controlled in some way.

Aimed at both electrical and mechanical engineers this modules combines major components of electronic and mechanical engineering to explore how mechanical systems are instrumented and controlled, right from defining the control problem, instrumentation selection through to final control.  

Suitable for students that have studies, Core Engineering 1 and 2, Mathematical Modelling of Engineering Systems and Control.

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module aims to introduce you to the fundamental concepts of mechatronics and electromechanical engineering including sensors, control and final control.

This module covers Specific Learning Outcomes in Engineering, which apply to accredited programmes at Bachelors/MEng/Masters level. These contribute to the educational requirements for CEng registration (as defined under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence – UK-SPEC)E 1m, E3m, US1m, US3, Q2, Q5, Q6 and Q7.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

  1. construct block diagrams of feedback loops and identify and analyse each element
  2. analyse control systems through performance evaluation and understand the concepts of accuracy, hysteresis and sensitivity.
  3. analyse control systems using Laplace Transforms and statistical methods
  4. design analogue signal conditioning through passive and active methods
  5. design the application of RTD, thermistor, thermocouple etc to specific sensing problems
  6. design the application of strain gauges, LVDT and pressure measurement devices for specific sensing problems
  7. design the application of optical sensing devices for specific sensing problems and understand the concepts of EM radiation.
  8. compare and analyse photoconductive, photovoltaic,  and photemmissive type sensors
  9. understand the concepts of final control and final control devices including pneumatic valves, DC/AC motors, and power electronics: SCR, GTO and TRIAC etc.

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and Knowledge:

1.demonstrate professional project management skills, through set problem sheets and assignments, in terms of setting targets, scheduling and progress control, and practical simulation projects;
2. Work naturally, constructively and supportively within a team, adapting any role required.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Introduction to mechanical control; Control systems principles, servomechanisms, Control block diagrams, Analogue and digital controllers, Units, standards and definitions, Sensor time response, Significance and statistics.

Analogue and Digital signal conditioning; Principles of signal conditioning, Passive circuits, Op Amps circuits and instrumentation, Design guidelines.

Thermal sensors; Thermal Energy, Temperature, Metal resistance, Thermistors, Thermocouples, Solid state.

Mechanical Sensors; Displacement, location and position sensors, Strain sensors, motion sensors, pressure sensor and flow sensors.

Optical Sensors; Fundamentals of EM radiation, Photodetectors, Pyrometry, Optical sources and applications.

Final Control; Final control operation, signal conversion, Power electronics, Electrical Actuators, pneumatic actuators.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 22.00 Guided Independent Study 128.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 22 Lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 11 Tutorials
Guided Independent Study 128 Independent Study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
There will be opportunities to reflect on and review work undertaken towards assessed Coursework.     Discussions within tutorials
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 30 Written Exams 70 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Coursework 30 Max 10 Pages 1-9 Paper marked and returned
Examination 70 2 hours 1-9 N/A
         
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
All of the above Written Examination 1-9 August Ref/Def period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

All referred/deferred assessments will be by Written Exam.

If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by
examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 50% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals,
candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original
coursework mark.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:

 

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

 

Web based and Electronic Resources:

 

Other Resources:

 

Reading list for this module:

There are currently no reading list entries found for this module.

CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Friday 09 January 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 25 November 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH Mechatronics, Instrumentations, Sensors, Electromechanical Engineering