Functional mechanical design
Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the class, students should be able to understand, modify and design high performance automation systems.
Course contents summary
The course deals with mechanisms for automation, motion synthesis and advanced automation systems, ranging up to robotics and flexible automation.
- History of automation.
- Applications of flexible and non-flexible autoamtion
- Motion profiles.
- Cams and followers.
- Geneve wheels and intermitting devices.
- Articulated mechanisms
- Motion synthesis and optimization
- Robotics: types of robots and their features
- Inverse and direct kinematics.
- Actuators and reducers.
- Embedded systems: real-time operating systems, fieldbus.
- Numerical methods for kinematics and dynamics.
P.L. MAGNANI, G. RUGGIERI: Meccanismi per macchine automatiche. UTET, ISBN-10: 8802040249.
G. LEGNANI: Robotica industriale, CEA, ISBN-10: 8808086313
Lessons and projects developed as group homework, for instance building small robots or developing custom software.
Assessment methods and criteria
Final exam, in form of a discussion of about twenty minutes on four random topics from the program.
Students that decided to develop the optional group projects need to show the result of the project to the professor in a previous moment, during office hours. The vote ranges in the 0-30 inteval, with a 3 point penalty for students that decided not to do the optional group project.