|Owning Department/School:||Department of Mechanical Engineering|
|Level:||Honours (FHEQ level 6)|
|Assessment:||CW 50%, EX 50%|
|Supplementary Assessment:||ME30295 Re-Assessment Examination (where allowed by programme regulations)|
To provide a practical understanding of microcontrollers, logic and signal processing and introduce related design methods; to introduce the concept of signals and describe methods for their processing and recording.
To provide an understanding of various electrical devices and methods for their selection in a variety of engineering applications, and to introduce the concepts of performance of electro-mechanical systems.
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* Describe the elements of information coding and simple signal conversion.
* Understand the basics of micro-controllers and their use.
* Specify and select suitable instrumentation equipment for a variety of control and data collection purposes.
* Describe the principles of various electrical drives and their selection criteria for practical application in product design.
* Apply drive selection techniques and evaluate performance for particular applications.
* Make use of appropriate manufacturers' catalogues.
Problem solving; numeracy; written communication; working independently.
Microcontroller fundamentals: registers, RAM, ROM, input/output. Assembly code. Applications: a selection from: display driving, motion control, data logging, serial communications to a PC. Operational amplifiers, non-ideal characteristics and circuit applications; noise sources, interference, shielding and grounding techniques, filtering; signal conversion, modulation and multiplexing; examples of transducer families including strain gauges, piezo and digital devices; signal conditioning circuits; transducer and system performance, and selection criteria.
Stepper motors and servo motors: types, operational characteristics and models; control techniques for stepper and servo motors; modern drives for stepper and servo motors; determination and characterisation of load cycles; drive selection criteria for various product applications; auxiliary elements of an electro-mechanical drive system; safety, reliability, performance, cost, size/weight and efficiency; design of drive systems for classical applications; manufacturers' catalogues and their use in product design.
Topics for self study that may be examined.
ME30295 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Mechanical Engineering
ME30295 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Mechanical Engineering