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EE20223: Design and manufacture of electromechanical systems

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Sub assembly (ME) (CW 50%)
  • Product design (EE) (CW 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: This unit is only available to students on programmes in Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Engineering
Description: Aims:

* To show how electromechanical systems can be designed by integrating analytical and practical skills from the engineering sciences.
* To demonstrate the importance of optimisation within an iterative design process.
* To analyse electronic interfaces to mechanical or physical systems and their role within the design of embedded systems.
* To introduce students to the key concepts required for the design, manufacture and test of electronic circuits including Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design, soldering, surface mount and packaging.
* To further develop students CAD modelling abilities.
* To introduce students to collaborative working in a design environment.

Learning Outcomes:

* Design a sub-assembly in detail using correctly selected components and design ancillary items to meet a requirement.
* Recognise the importance of completing comprehensive design. analyse, component drawings and sub-assembly drawings in order to achieve a successful solution.
* Design a PCB containing electronic interfaces to a physical system
* Create a package suitable for external manufacture of a PCB capable of analysing and performing a diagnosis of the systems designed.


* Problem solving; numeracy; IT; working as part of a group; leadership.
* Electronic Circuit Testing and Debugging, Electronic Design Tools for PCB circuit design.
* Application of methods discussed in the lectures to solving engineering problems.


* Embodiment design: To include shafts, coupling, keyway, welded and bolted joint design, bearing, pulley, gear analysis. combined loadings, design factors and optimisation techniques.
* Design for PCB manufacture, Track analysis, layout optimization, advanced component selection, EMC considerations, packaging, thermal management
* Introduction to electronic interfaces and embedded digital systems.
* Types of connections to devices for input/output and interfaces.
* Introduction to assembly code.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

EE20223 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • UEXX-AFB02 : BEng(Hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEXX-AKB02 : BEng(Hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEXX-AFM02 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEXX-AKM02 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEEE-AFM16 : MEng(Hons) Robotics Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEEE-AKM16 : MEng(Hons) Robotics Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEEE-AFB16 : BEng(Hons) Robotics Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEEE-AKB16 : BEng(Hons) Robotics Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)


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