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An introduction to the basic principles of circuit theories, RL and RC circuits, transduction principles, mechanical measurements, instrumentation techniques, operational amplifiers, data acquisition, Programmable Logic Control, power electronics and electric machines and control.
Almost all mechanical systems incorporate electrical, electronic, and computational elements in the form of sensors, data acquisition units, signal conditioning and processing, control systems, motors etc. To use these elements effectively, Mechanical Engineers must have an understanding of how they work, their performance characteristics, and limitations. This course covers the fundamental electrical and electronic theories necessary to understand what is going on inside these elements, as well as practical aspects such as how their behaviour might affect their intended use in engineering applications. The course complements Controls and Vibrations (ENME303) and serves as a foundation for subsequent elective courses in Instrumentation and Sensors (ENME423), Robotics (ENME413), and Linear Systems Control (ENME403), as well as Final Year Research Projects requiring instrumentation, data acquisition and processing.This course includes 5 laboratory sessions during term 2. The labs are conducted on Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) with a variety of common sensors and actuators, giving students practical experience with industry standard equipment.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:Understand electrical circuit fundamentalsDesign simple electronic circuitsAnalyse RC and RL circuitsUnderstand and apply basic transduction principles and sensorsUnderstand and apply basic instrumentation techniques, data conversion, and data acquisition.Understand and apply operational amplifiers, Wheatstone Bridge, and basic signal conditioning techniques relevant to sensing and data acquisitionImplement instrumentation systems for mechanical measurementsUnderstand the principles, performance characteristics and limitations of: stepper motors, DC motors, and AC machinesUnderstand the principles of power electronics as applied to motor and actuator controlUnderstand Programmable Logic Controller, I/O interface, and ladder logicDesign ladder logic for sensing, process control, and motor control Design instrumentation methods and solutions for mechanical processes and engineering systems through analysis of measurement requirements and synthesis of information
60 points at 200-level in mechanical engineering
ENMT201, ENME339, ENME443
Alciatore, David & Histand, Michael;
Introduction to Mechatronics and Measurement Systems
Rizzoni, Giorgio. , Hartley, T. T;
Principles and applications of electrical engineering
McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2007.
Domestic fee $874.00
International fee $4,725.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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