UNIVERSITY MODULAR FRAMEWORK
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School of Science and Technology
ASC Engineering Division
ENGINEERING MANUF & QUALITY
Mechanical System Design
MODULE CODE *
Angel Torres Perez
This module has no supplementary regulations
This module teaches the design of electromechanical systems which integrate
mechanical, electrical, and control systems engineering. Laborator
ies form the core of
the module. These cover topics such as signal conditioning, filters, closed loop control,
power amplifiers, digital logic, transducers and drives. The labs make use of
Simulink®, MATLAB® and embedded systems. Each student will build
In this module you will learn: the underlying physics of industrial sensors and
actuators; functional and non
functional requirements due to sensor and actuators
constraints when designing electromechanical
cing common industrial
sensors and different drive types to embedded systems; different industrial
OVERALL AIM(S) FOR THE MODULE*
To provide the knowledge and skills required for designing industrial process
control and moni
toring systems including practical experience and activities
To examine and critically evaluate typical industrial sensors and actuators by
interfacing them to embedded systems.
On successful completion of the module, students will b
e able to:
Knowledge and Understanding
Critically review various concepts of sensor and actuator specifications
Develop advanced electro
mechanical system design skills.
Subject Specific Skills
Effectively identify and critically evaluate suit
able sensors and transducers
required for mechatronic systems.
Efficiently employ software packages and development tools to build
Gain skills on system modelling and characterization
Develop engineering problem
solving skills by applying theoretical concepts in
Evaluate, synthesize and present information clearly
Classification and terminology of sensors and actuators,
Key sensor types (classification ac
cording to measurands): Acoustic, electric,
magnetic, optical, thermal, mechanical, chemical
Key actuator types: linear and rotary pneumatic and electrical drives
Displays, electrical conversion.
Automation control (pneumatics actuators).
ce methodologies and circuits.
Embedded systems. Digital inputs and outputs (isolated/non
analogue inputs (ADC requirements), analogue outputs (DAC requirements),
PWM and comparator blocks.
OFF) and PI controllers.
ications of sensors and actuators.
Data collection and monitoring
JUSTIFICATION OF TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT STRATEGY*:
The learning strategy for this module is based on pre
prepared written material,
delivered through lectures, and a numbe
r of supervised practical activities to be
implemented in a laboratory environment. The learning outcomes of each lesson and
practical activity will be explained beforehand.
Students are expected to keep a record of their practical activities in order to h
guide them when working on assignments. Students will also have two tutorial
sessions at the end of the academic year for the preparation of the final examination.
TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT ACTIVITIES
n lab sessions
Preparation and Reading
Practical Laboratories a
This module is delivered by the University of Northampton staff face
dent cohort(s) on campus.
1 x 2 hour exam
Report on the design and lab
Assessment will be ca
rried out by final examination together with one major practical
assignments requiring the design and development of an embedded system to solve a
real problem with a full report. Assessment for the practical work will be based upon
appropriate learning ou
tcomes for all parts of the work.
APPROVAL/ REVIEW DATES:
Approved: June 2013