Control and Mechatronics

Module summary

Module code: ELEE1154
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Terry Gorman / Zahra Sangelaji

Specification

Aims

The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the fundamental principles of instrumentation and control systems engineering. Upon course completion students will have gained the foundational knowledge and understating of system modelling, design, analysis and implementation of control systems using benchmark applications. In addition students will be familiarised with sensors and measurement systems commonly used in multidisciplinary engineering applications.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Design and analyse control systems; with particular emphasis on servomechanisms.
2 Model various types of control systems using block diagrams and transfer functions.
3 Predict the steady state, transient and frequency response of various types of control systems.
4 Use the Labview, Matlab/Simulink software packages as an aid to the analysis and prediction of system responses.
5 The terminology of instrumentation and the ideal characteristics.

Indicative content

• Open and closed loop systems; principles and comparison of open and closed loop control.
• System type classification.
• Block diagrams, representation of open and closed loop control systems, including the conversion between models and the generation of closed loop transfer functions.
• Mathematical modelling of physical systems, including linear and rotational dynamics.
• Servomechanisms, typical elements, performance, use of tacho’ feedback.
• Transfer Function analysis of transient and steady state response of systems.
• Evaluation of system stability and steady state errors.
• Frequency response analysis using Nyquist and Bode, gain margin and phase margin;
• Use of root locus techniques to evaluate system performance.
• Effect of external disturbances on system behaviour.
• PID control.
• Use of Labview, Matlab/Simulink for the prediction and analysis of system responses.
• Operation and application of commonly used transducers used to measure position, velocity, force, pressure, temperature.
• The meaning of linearity, standard deviation, accuracy and hysteresis.
• Dynamic performance of transducers.

Teaching and learning activity

Formal Lectures; Tutorials; Practical laboratory sessions (supervised sessions); Online quizzes.

Assessment

Coursework - 30% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1 - 4.
Outline Details - Formal report on control system analysis of a plant. 3000 words.

Examination - 70% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1 - 5.
Outline Details - 2 hour closed book examination.

In order to meet professional body requirements, students are expected to pass this course at 40% overall and with a minimum of 30% for each component.

Formative Assessment - Tutorials, online quizzes, use of interactive assessment (PRS), mock exam.

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Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Laboratory Experiment.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1, 4.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 0%
Pass Mark: 30%.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Online quizzes
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1, 2, 3,5
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting: 20%
Pass Mark: 30%.
Outline Details: Online quizzes on the topics covered throughout the course.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Tutorial.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1-5.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 0%.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Use of interactive assessment (PRS).
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1-5.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 0%.
Outline Details: To test student’s understanding of the material covered in each lecture.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Examination.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1-5.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 50%.
Pass Mark: 30%.
Outline Details: 2 hours unseen paper.