MAE 3780

MAE 3780

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021. Courses of Study 2021-2022 is scheduled to publish by July 1.

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: M.E. 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.

Outcomes
  • 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 GradeNoAud

  •  9305MAE 3780  LEC 001

    • TRTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Finio, B

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
    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.

  •  9306MAE 3780  LAB 411

    • M
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Finio, B

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person

  • 10201MAE 3780  LAB 421

    • T
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Finio, B

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person

  •  9307MAE 3780  LAB 431

    • W
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Finio, B

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person

  •  9308MAE 3780  LAB 441

    • R
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Finio, B

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person

  •  9309MAE 3780  LAB 451

    • F
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Finio, B

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person