Introduction to Mechatronics
FSI-1UMAcad. year: 2011/2012
The subject informs students on basic problems of Mechatronics. It defines basic principles of Mechatronics, explains typical cases of mechatronic systems at construction of machines, robotics, aircraft industry, automotive industry and in consumer goods. In addition, an overview and explanation of the principles of activity for construction elements of mechatronic systems is provided.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The subject of the Introduction to Mechatronics enables students to acquire basic information on Mechatronics and its inclusion into the study program is caused mainly by its motivation importance. Moreover, students will learn the basic methodology for de-composition of complex systems.
Secondary school knowledge is assumed.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Denny K. Miu: Mechatronics. New York, Springer-Verlag 1993
Valášek, M. a kol.: Mechatronika. Praha, ČVUT 1996
Gmiterko, A.: Mechatronika. Košice, Emilena tlačiareň 2004
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
The graded course-unit credit granting is conditioned by handing over an independent work concerning a pre-set topic and passing the test of presented topics. The resulting classification is set by point assessment according to the Study and Examination Rules of the Technical University. Students can gain the points from 2 parts:
1. Written test of presented topics, 0-20 points.
2. Quality of independent home work 0-80 points.
Language of instruction
The aim of the subject of the Introduction to Mechatronics is to get the students acquainted with basic issues and principles of mechatronics and to show examples of differences between mechatronic systems and classic constructions. The task of the subject is to explain the principles of activity of basic functional blocks of mechatronic systems.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
The subject contains only lectures. Missed lectures are not compensated.
Type of course unit
26 hours, optionally
Teacher / Lecturer
1. Introduction to mechatronics, its history and principles
2. Characterization the term of mechatronics
3. Structure of mechatronic systems
4. Mechatronics potential
5. Special aspects of the mechatronic system developement
6. Problem solving cycles
8. A brief overview of selected sensors
9. A brief overview of electro-mechanic actuators
10.Case study: design of the break system
11.Case study: design of the drive unit of a simple painting system
12.Case study: design of the active dumping module
13.Case study: design of the integrated multicoordinate drive