ACS231 Mechatronics

Module Description

This unit covers methods to represent, analyse and design mechanical, electrical and computational systems and their integration into mechatronics systems. This module will enable students to design, analyse, develop and integrate mechatronic systems. The unit includes lectures on the principles of mechatronic systems, 2D/3D CAD design, sensors and instrumentation, actuation, digital data acquisition, signal pre-processing, hardware interfaces, microcontroller programming and peripherals; practicals on analysing mechatronic components; and project work on designing, developing and testing a mechatronic system.

Credits: 20 (Academic year)

Pre-requisites: ACS134 or equivalent module on embedded systems

Restrictions:

Module Leader

Photo: Dr Dana DamianDr Dana Damian
d.damian@sheffield.ac.uk

If you have any questions about the module please talk to me during the lectures or the labs in the first instance. It is likely that other students will learn from any questions you ask as well, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Outside of lectures either post a question on the ACSE223 MOLE discussion board, contact me via email, or drop in to see me in my office.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to:

(I1) Capture and analyse the specifications of basic mechatronic components and systems, including sensors and actuators for mechatronic and robotics systems[EA2i, EA2p];

(I2) Integrate and interface (on industry-relevant hardware and software) basic mechatronic components and sub-systems[EP2i,];

(I3) Create from first principles simple mechatronic systems to achieve specific functionality[EA4i, D1i, EP3p, EP9p];

(I4) Present a developed mechatronic system at sufficient technical detail for an expert audience to appreciate the design, analysis and performance of a mechatronic system[ET2p];

(I5) Use industry standard CAD and hardware tools/platforms to design and analyse mechatronic systems[EP3p, D4i].

This module satisfies the AHEP3 (Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Third Edition) Learning Outcomes that are listed in brackets after each learning outcome above. For further details on AHEP3 Learning Outcomes, see the downloads section of our accreditation webpage.

Syllabus

Syllabus

- The first semester focuses mainly on electronics, introducing the Arduino microcontroller, digital I/O, analogue sensors, servo and DC motors, serial and wireless communication
- The second semester focuses mainly on fabrication, mechanics, design with some elements of control.

The lectures and practicals in both semesters aim at developing the above capabilities. In each semester, there is a group project that will use the above capabilities to build a user-controller mechatronic device (semester 1) and an automatic mechatronic device (semester 2).

Semester 1

Semester 2

Week

Lectures

(1h/week)

Practicals

(3h/week)

Week

Lectures

(1h/week)

Practicals

(3h/week)

1

Course overview

3D CAD

1

Course overview

2D & 3D CAD

2

Sensors I

Arduino digital I/O

2

Mobile robot architecture

2D & 3D practical

3

Sensors II

Arduino analogue sensors                                                  

3

Mechatronics components

Robot arm: design and fabrication I

4

Microcontrollers

Arduino motor control

4

Circuitry design and fabrication

Robot arm: design and fabrication I

5

Actuators I

Arduino communication

5

Transmissions

Robot arm: trajectory planning and control

6

Actuators II

Project

6

Fabrication 1 (2D &3D)

Project

7

Communication

Project

7

Fabrication 2 (4D & small scale)

Project

8

Advanced topics

Project

8

Machine intelligence (AI & machine cognition)

Project

9

Seminar I

Project

9

Seminar I

Project

10

Seminar II

Project

10

Seminar II

Project

11

Project

11

Project

12

Project

12

Project

Teaching Methods

Learning and Teaching Methods

  • Lectures - 16 hours
  • Tutorial classes - 4 hours
  • Laboratory sessions - 38 hours
  • Independent Work - 142 hours
Teaching Materials

Learning and Teaching Materials

All teaching materials will be available via MOLE and a university shared server (accessible via MUSE and on the main network).

Assessment

Assessment

Group project (75%): There will be two group projects in total, one project each semester. Students work in small group to achieve a project outcome which will be assessed by a combination of methods including giving a device demonstration. The students also need to explain their individual contribution to the group project and show project management. LO 1-5

Practicals (25%): 10 labs over both semesters will be done by the students in the Diamond. These labs reinforce the theory learnt in lectures and develop skill in using popular mechatronic/robotic platforms. (LO1-3,5)

Resit:

Individual report

Feedback

Feedback

The projects in each semester are designed to give students quantitative feedback. Demonstrators will also be present in all practical and tutorial sessions to answer questions. A tutorial session each semester was set for the students to meet with students to provide clarifications about the projects.

Student Evaluation

Student Evaluation

Students are encouraged to provide feedback during the module direct to the lecturer. Students will also have the opportunity to provide formal feedback via the Faculty of Engineering Student Evaluation Survey at the end of each semester.

Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

1) Exploring Arduino: Tools and Techniques for Engineering Wizardry, Jeremy Blum, Wiley , 2013

2) Arduino Workshop. Hohn Boxall, No Starch Press, 2013

3) Mechatronics (Electronic Control Systems in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering), William Bolton, 6th Ed, Pearson, 2015

4) Introduction to Mechatronics Design, J. Edward Carryer, R. Matthew Ohline and Thomas W. Kenny, Pearson, 2010