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Unit information: Electromechanical Systems Integration (UWE, UFMEEA-15-M ) in 2018/19

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Unit name Electromechanical Systems Integration (UWE, UFMEEA-15-M )
Unit code EMATM0030
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Dogramadzi
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Engineering Mathematics
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit is provided by UWE.

The syllabus may include but not be limited to the following:

Acceleration, Velocity, Torque, Inertia; Mechanical transmission; Gearboxes, pulley, belt and chains; Linear and Rotary bearings; Machine screws and Splined shafts;

Rotary and linear electric motors, gearboxes ,shafts integration;

Open, close loop control; Novel controllers; System performance measures; Controllers PC and PLC and Embedded ; Software for control, Languages and Platforms;

Examples of mechatronic systems may include:
Robots and Machine tools; Car Engine management system; Aircraft actuators from fly by wire.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Create mathematical and computer aided models for complex systems; [Comp A B]
2. Establish the fitness for purpose of complex mechatronic systems and propose test procedures for simple systems; [Comp A B]
3. Select actuators, mechanical elements, control elements and software to perform specific tasks efficiently; [Comp A B]
4. The characterising attributes of a mechatronics system; [Comp A B]
5. Understand the specific issues related to the integration of mechanical, electronic and software elements; [Comp A B]
6. Use the modelling skills acquired in this module for investigation of complex mechatronic systems; [Comp B]
7. Propose a mechatronics solution for electromechanical system; [Comp A B]
8. Communication skills [Comp B]
9. Progression to independent learning [Comp B]

Teaching details

A combination of formal lectures, presentations and laboratory sessions will be used as the teaching approach. It is expected that the student will carry out independent study outside the formal sessions.

Scheduled learning includes lectures and laboratory practical sessions.

Independent learning includes hours engaged with assignment preparation and completion etc...

Assessment Details

Component A:
The three-hour end of semester exam is used to independently test ability of the students in controlled conditions.

Component B:
The written assignments based on laboratory work are to assess student’s ability to model and analyse the characteristics of real systems from real time observations. More over it is expected that the student can provide detailed and cogent arguments about their findings and conclusions.

There are three assignments and the expected outcome for each is a 3000 word group report and a 500 word individually written critique of the work carried out.

Comp A (50%); Comp B (50%)

Reading and References

The following list is offered to provide validation panels/accrediting bodies with an indication of the type and level of information students may be expected to consult. As such, its currency may wane during the life span of the module specification. However, as indicated above, CURRENT advice on readings will be available via other more frequently updated mechanisms.

  • Bolton, W. (01/12/1998) Mechatronics: Electronic Control Systems in Mechanical Engineering, 2nd Edition. Peachpit Press.
  • Braga, N.C. (15/11/2001) Robotics, Mechatronics, and Artificial Intelligence: Experimental Circuit Blocks for Designers, 1st Edition. Newnes.
  • Braga, N.C. (03/10/2002) Mechatronics Sourcebook, 1st Edition. Delmar Learning.
  • Kugi, A. (01/2001) Non-linear Control Based on Physical Models: Electrical, Hydraulic and Mechanical Systems * (see above). Springer Verlag.
  • Hindustan Machine Tools Ltd (31/12/1998) Mechatronics and Machine Tools. McGraw-Hill Professional.
  • Bradley, D.A., Burd, N.C. (03/1994) Mechatronics: Electronics in Products and Processes. Routledge.
  • Necsulescu Dan, S. (15/01/2002) Mechatronics, 1st Edition. Prentice Hall.
  • Dawson, D. et al (06/2001) Mechatronics and the Design of Intelligent Machines and Systems. Stanley Thornes Pub Ltd.
  • Bishop, R.H. (26/02/2002) The Mechatronics Handbook (The Electrical Engineering Handbook Series). CRC Press.