MEC3015 : Instrumentation and Drive Systems
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr John Hedley
- Lecturer: Dr Dave Atkinson
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||5|
The module aims to equip students with the knowledge and understanding of the operating characteristics and design of a range of sensors, actuator and drive types, and their integration into appropriate control systems.
Outline Of Syllabus
- Introduction to basic types of sensors and actuators. Functional static and dynamic characteristics of a range of analog and digital sensors, including accuracy, sensitivity, and calibration.
- Basis of selection of sensor type to meet application requirements, e.g. analog versus digital, response, range and resolution.
- Sensor types for measuring force, strain, pressure, position, velocity, acceleration, temperature, to include rectilinear and rotary optical transducers, and piezo transducers.
- Electro-magnetic, electro-static, and fluid-power actuator types, including DC/AC brushed/ brushless servo-motors, stepper motors, hydraulic and pneumatic motors and rams.
- Micro-actuator types. Performance characteristics and basis of selection including power to weight ratio, cost benefit analysis, reliability.
- Actuator drive systems e.g. linear and digital power amplifiers.
- Data acquisition systems – Selection and integration of sensors and software tools for data capture and analysis, to include signal conditioning, filtering and sampling.
- Review of control system design and integration. Analysis of performance, including transient and frequency response, and stability issues. Three term PID controllers and tuning strategies.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Written PC Exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||39||0:30||19:30||Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||2:00||48:00||Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Semester 1 examination.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||2||3:00||6:00||Extended activity (computer cluster) to apply taught material, develop professional skills|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||1||3:00||3:00||Extended activity (laboratory) to apply taught material, develop professional skills|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||Problem classes (“tutorials”) to support independent study and reinforce skills practise|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||57:30||57:30||Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
- Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline-specific problems identified
- Tutorials support the students' self-study in reading around the lecture material and learning to solve the practical engineering problems posed by the Tutorial Questions
- Practical work enables students to obtain hands-on experience in analysing and designing real engineering problems using relevant hardware and software tools
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||120||2||A||80||Exam to cover full syllabus|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
-The examinations provides an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry.
For the purposes of professional body accreditation, in order to obtain a passing mark overall for this module (40%) at the first attempt the minimum acceptable mark for each of the assessment items specified below shall be 30%, with the maximum possible module overall mark where this is not the case being restricted to 35% (Undergraduate Progress Regulations):
20% PC Examination