Module Catalogues

Introduction to Mechatronics

Module Title Introduction to Mechatronics
Module Level Level 1
Module Credits 2.50
Academic Year 2021/22
Semester SEM2

Aims and Fit of Module

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