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Module Code: EEE120
Module Title: Introduction to Mechatronics
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Pre-requisites: EEE103MTH008
To develop understanding on the fundamentals of Electromechanical devices, e.g. transformers and motors.

To gain knowledge on working principles of the modern mechatronics systems (e.g. modern machine tools and robots), especially in terms of their driving systems (with motors) and the control systems (motor control techniques).

To gain practical skills in real engineering applications related to modern mechatronics systems.

Learning outcomes 
A. Understand the fundamentals of electromagnetism and mechanics that can apply to practical motors, transformers and actuators

B. Understand the properties of materials best suited for use in electro-mechanical devices and the behaviour of common electrical devices, such dc and ac motors, solenoids and transformers.

C. Determine the magnetic effects of electrical currents in practical circuits.

D. Analyse a simple electromechanical system in order to predict its characteristics.

E. Use specific instrumentation to perform simple electro-mechanical tests on an electrical machine to evaluate its performance.

F. Understand the popular motor control techniques, including traditional electrical control based on electromechanical devices (relays), and modern servo control that involves, e.g. PWM speed control with variable frequency drive, PLC control, etc.

Method of teaching and learning 
This module will be delivered through a combination of formal lectures and supervised laboratory sessions
Week 1:

Topic 1, Background on mechatronics

Weeks 2-3:

Topic 2, Introduction to electrical machinery principles

-- The magnetic field

-- Faraday’s law and induced voltage

-- Inductors and application

-- Energy stored in magnetic field

Weeks 4-5:

Topic 3, Transformers and actuators

-- Ideal transformers and real transformers

-- Actuators (solenoids, electromagnets, relays, motors) from first principle, identify their difference and common points

Week 6, 8-10:

Topic 4, AC machinery fundamentals

-- Basic knowledge: Three phase circuit, the rotating magnetic field, induced voltage (generator) and torque (motor) in AC machines

-- Induction motor fundamentals

-- Synchronous motor fundamentals

-- AC motor control: starting motor, speed control (variable frequency drive, PWM technique), PLC control, servo control system

Week 11-13:

Topic 5, DC machinery fundamentals

-- Principle of operation for DC motors and generators

-- DC motors: different connection types and equivalent circuits

-- DC motor control, starting motor and speed control

Week 14: Revision

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26      8    41  75 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Coursework 1 15.00
2 Coursework 2 15.00
3 Coursework 3 70.00

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