Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

EEE8150 : Industrial Automation, PLCs and Robotics

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

1.       To study the classification of industrial control systems and robots.
2.       To study the modelling of industrial plant, sensors and actuators
3.       To study the on-off control of industrial applications.
4.       To study Programmable Logical Controllers (PLCs) with industrial applications.
5.       To study the application and tuning of PID controllers to industrial plant
6.       To study the theory and application of Fuzzy controllers.
7.       To study the anatomy, modelling and control of robotic arms

Outline Of Syllabus

Industrial Automation : Identification of key component technologies & motivation for study.
The Device Layer : An Overview of Sensors & Actuators
On-Off Control : Background to Relay-based Control Systems
Programmable Logic Controllers(PLCs) - Background, Programming Methods, Application
Modelling & Control of Linear Systems: P,PI,PID Controllers. Zeigler Nicholls Tuning
Fuzzy Sets and Fuzzy Control Systems
Nonlinear Systems : Simple Pendulum, Inverted pendulum, Interconnected Tanks
Introduction to Robotics
Frames of reference and Mathematical Transformations applied to Robotics
Robotic Movements

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials540:4036:00Material delivery (Equivalent 18x1Hr Lecture+18x1hr Lecture Prep) NON-SYNC
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Online Assessment (75% Module)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Revision for final assessment (recommend 1hr per 1hr lecture or lab)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00PLC Assessment (25% Module)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical61:006:00Practical PLC Labs to support Lectures PIP &/or SYNCH (class numbers /lab capacity dependent)
Guided Independent StudySkills practice92:0018:00Student Direct Learning MATLAB (2hr per lab) SYNC
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study196:3096:30Additional time for background reading/study
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study62:0012:00Preparation for Laboratory Session (Non Synch)
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the core material and guidance for further reading. Concepts are further reinforced through labs.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M75Canvas Online Timed (90 mins)
Written exercise1M25PLC Assignment
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Lab exercise1MCompletion of PLC Hardware Tasks.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Online Assessment requires knowledge of the material presented in the lectures and SDL sessions. The online assessment requires the knowledge of applications, understanding of course content and requires explanation/solving industrial problems. Students need to pass the summative assessment to pass the module. The online questions will be similar and different to EEE3008 (i.e. additional length covering: MATLAB SDL, Robotics, …etc).

The PLC Summative Assessment takes all of the PLC tutorials and requires the student to complete and demonstrate PLC tasks. The tasks will be written up and the student asked to design their own PLC task operation providing a Summative assessment demonstrating PLC operations learnt.

Reading Lists

Timetable