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MEC8058 : Instrumentation and Drive Systems

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module aims to equip students with the knowledge and understanding of the operating characteristics and design of a range of sensors and motors and their integration into appropriate control systems within a specific mechanical design.

Outline Of Syllabus

-       Introduction to basic types of sensors and actuators.
-       Sensor types for a range of measurands including force, strain, pressure, position, velocity, acceleration, temperature and luminosity.
-       Basis of selection of sensor type to meet application requirements, e.g. analog versus digital, response, range and resolution.
-       Functional static and dynamic characteristics of a range of analog and digital sensors, including accuracy, sensitivity, and calibration.
-       Principle of operation of motors including brushed, brushless, servo and stepper motors.
-       Introduction to motor control.
-       Introduction to data acquisition systems.
-       Selection and integration of sensors and software tools for data capture and analysis, to include signal conditioning, filtering and sampling.
-       Introduction to control system design and integration including PID controllers and tuning strategies.

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 materials11:001:00Non synchronous online structured presentation of syllabus
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion216:0032:00Completion and submission of assignments
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Computer based examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion81:008:00Non synchronous Computer based tutorials and trial exams
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities104:0040:00Practical application of material learnt towards a goal orientated project. (assignments)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading812:0096:00Recommended reading for required knowledge of module.
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities42:008:00Non synchronous online - Presentations & Exercises to introduce necessary skills for module.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery141:0014:00Synchronous online /PiP - Academically supported discussion to address any specific questions
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

After an introductory presentation, the students work at their own pace through a series of guided tutorials. The tutorials address each of the required learning outcomes of the module. Essential reading references are given to direct the students to the required knowledge needed for the module. The required practical (computer simulation) skills are introduced through a series of presentations. Knowledge and skills are developed at a student's own pace via the tutorials and are complimented by regularly timetabled academically supported Q&A sessions to help students with any areas of difficulty. The assignments support the student learning by giving the opportunity for practical implementation of the material covered in the module whilst helping the student to a focus on what needs to be learnt.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.

Students 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
Practical/lab report1M60Part A and Part B
Computer assessment1M40Computer Based Assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assignments are based around utilising the knowledge and skills developed throughout the module and a means of assessing how well the students can apply these skills and knowledge. The computer based assessment covers the engineering material learnt over the duration of the course and the skills learnt during completion of the assignments. It assesses a broader range of material than the assignment and under time constraint conditions.

Reading Lists

Timetable