MAE 3780

MAE 3780

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

At the intersection of mechanical and electrical engineering, Mechatronics involves technologies necessary to create automated systems. This course introduces students to the functional elements of modern controlled dynamic systems. Topics include analog circuits - both passive and active components, filter design, diodes, transistors, MOSFETs and power amplification, pulse width modulation, transduction - mechanical and electro-mechanical devices such as electromagnetic systems, gear trains, optical encoders, discretization, aliasing, and microprocessors and programming. Lab experiments culminate in the design, fabrication, and programming of a microprocessor-controlled robotic vehicle, which laboratory groups enter into a class-wide competition.

When Offered Fall.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: Mechanical Engineering majors. Other majors enroll in MAE 3783.
Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: CS 1110/CS 1112 or equivalent programming experience, MATH 2930 and PHYS 2213, or permission of instructor.

  • Students are able to apply Kirchoff's laws to modern circuits and electro-mechanical devices. Students solve for the dynamic response of first and second order systems.
  • Students perform experiments with electrical circuits containing modern components and electro-mechanical systems; laboratory reports are delivered for some experiments and the final project.
  • Students design and construct a robotic vehicle that uses sensors to determine information about its environment. Each robotic vehicle system utilizes unique sensor configurations and software. The software controls a small microprocessor that the vehicle carries, in addition to a sensor suite, motor drivers, actuators, and battery pack.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one laboratory. Combined with: MAE 3783

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 10484MAE 3780  LEC 001

  • Fulfills Electrical Circuits requirement for MechE. Enrollment limited to M.E. Majors and those officially taking the MechE Minor. Strictly Enforced. Graduate students contact instructor. All others, enroll in MAE 3783.

  • 10485MAE 3780  LAB 411

  • 11539MAE 3780  LAB 421

  • 10486MAE 3780  LAB 431

  • 10487MAE 3780  LAB 441

  • 10488MAE 3780  LAB 451