Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course is intended to provide an integrated introduction to the design of computer-controlled electromechanical systems. The central focus of this course will be the completion of a team-based project, to be tested in an in-class demonstration during the final week of the course.
Course contents summary
Introduction to automatic machine control.
Hard-wired control and programmable logic control.
Fourier and Laplace Transforms.
Sensors and transducers,
A/D and D/A converters.
PLC: programming tools.
PC as control units
Distributed automation: fieldbus (PROFIBUS, CANBUS, MODBUS)
Ethernet as fieldbus
Operating systems and automation: real time operating systems.
Industrial automation and security requisites.
R. H. Bishop: 'The mechatronics handbook', CRC Press
H. JACK: 'Integration and Automation of Manufacturing Systems', available at http://claymore.engineer.gvsu.edu/~jackh/ under GPL.
D.A. BRADLEY, D. DAWSON et al: ' Meccatronica ', Masson, Milano, 1993
C.KUO BENJAMIN: ' Automatic Control Systems ', Prentice Hall 1987
The final grade is calculated as follows:
written test on course theory - 50%;
application project and oral discussion about it - 50%;
A short html presentation of the project is required.The active participation to lectures and other activities is evaluated.