Most mechanical engineering systems today involve significant amounts of electrical and electronic control systems. Effectively, most modern mechanical engineering systems aremechatronicsystems. Mechatronics is the discipline that results from the synergetic application of electrical, electronic, computer, and control engineering in mechanical engineering systems. Thus, it is essential for the mechanical engineer to have a strong understanding of the composition and design of mechatronic systems, which is the goal of this course.Mechatronic systems are around us everywhere. A car contains many mechatronic systems, such as anti-lock braking systems, traction control, the engine control unit and cruise control, to name a few. A satellite dish position control unit is another example of a mechatronic system. Modern industrial automated processes would not be possible without the discipline of mechatronics, covering areas such as vehicle manufacturing, pharmaceutical industries, and food processing plants. Robotic systems are interesting and complex examples of mechatronic systems that contain many sensors and actuators and that require very fast and sophisticated controllers.For you, as a mechanical engineering student, this course will represent a gateway into the world of electrical, electronic, and control engineering. It is one of the few courses in the mechanical engineering major that heavily relies on electrical, electronic, and computer engineering. Being a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary course, your study of mechatronics integrates and builds on a number of different courses that you have already studied, such as mechanics, electromagnetism, measurements, and introduction to mechanical engineering (the design project).
Days of the Week:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
- Level of Difficulty: All Levels
- Size: One-on-One
- Cost: Free
- Institution: Saylor
- Topics: Design, Engineering Systems, General Engineering, Mechanical Engineering