MECH307 Syllabus (Fall, 2018)

Week

Lecture Topic, Laboratory Exercise

Reading
Assignment
and Quiz

Homework
Assignment

(from end-of-chapter book questions)

1
(8/20 - 8/24)

  • course introduction
  • Project assignment
  • mechatronics and measurement systems
  • electric circuit fundamentals
  • input and output impedance

NO LAB THIS WEEK

Course Policies,
Ch. 1;
App A.1;
2.1 - 2.4

Ch. 1 Smartbook
assignment
(due Mon, 8/27)

survey sheet
(if group members already chosen, please turn in sheets stacked together)
(due Fri, 8/24)

1: 2.2 [20 pts], 2.13 [10 pts], 2.18 [10 pts], 2.21 [20 pts], 2.24 [10 pts], 2.36 [10 pts], 2.37 [20 pts]
[100 points total]
(due Fri, 8/31)

2
(8/27 - 8/31)

group assignments announced

  • AC circuits introduction
  • semiconductors, diodes
  • transistors

Lab:

  • Introduction to Lab policies and procedures.
  • A group component kit, an NI ELVIS board (must be returned), an Arduino starter kit, and a breadboard will be given to each group. Verify that your group component kit is complete before next week's Lab.
  • NOTE: There will be a quiz covering the basic reading material in both Lab 1 (for info only, skip procedure and questions) and Lab 2.

Lab 2: Instrument familiarization and basic electrical relations

Be sure to watch the NI ELVIS demo video before coming to Lab!

2.6 - 2.7;
Ch. 3

Ch. 2 Smartbook
assignment
(due Wed, 8/29)

2: 3.1 [5 pts], 3.9 [10 pts], 3.18 [5 pts], 3.19 [30 pts]
[50 points total]
(due Mon, 9/10)

project deliverable 1
purchase a 3-ring binder (1" or larger) and set up "Deliverable ##" dividers; print, read, and insert the project description
(due Week 3)

3
(9/3 - 9/7)

Labor Day (no class on Mon, 9/3)

  • transistors (continued)
  • digital electronics
  • number codes
  • combinational logic

Lab 3: The oscilloscope

6.1 - 6.5

Ch. 3 Smartbook
assignment
(due Wed, 9/5)

project deliverable 2
watch videos of past projects; brainstorm ideas and document with rough sketches and descriptions; show evidence of evaluation (e.g., a decision matrix) based on project grading criteria
(due Week 4)

4
(9/10 - 9/14)

  • design of logic networks
  • sequential logic
  • flip-flops
  • project info

Lab 5 (not Lab 4): Transistor circuits

6.6 - 6.9

Ch. 6 Smartbook
assignment
(due Fri, 9/21)

3: 6.7 [45 pts], 6.14 [15 pts], 6.27 [15 pts], 6.38 [25 pts], 6.40 [20 pts], 6.51 [15 pts]
[135 points total]
(due Fri, 9/21)

5
(9/17 - 9/21)

  • flip-flop applications
  • counters, timers, oscillators
  • Exam I Review
  • microcontrollers and the PIC

Lab 7 (not Lab 6): Digital circuits - logic and latching

6.10 - 6.13
7.1 - 7.4

project deliverable 3
refine your project idea and set realistic goals; document your selected idea with a detailed sketch of the overall system and with detailed sketches of important actuator/mechanism/hardware elements
(due Week 6)

6
(9/24 - 9/28)

  • PicBasic Pro

EXAM I - Wednesday, 9/26

  • PIC examples

Lab 8: Digital circuits - counter and LED display

7.5 - 7.11

Ch. 7 Smartbook
assignment
(due Wed, 10/3)

project deliverable 4
develop and document project plans (schedule, task assignments), define your problem, draw a functional diagram, list I/O requirements
(due Week 7)

7
(10/1 - 10/5)

  • PIC examples
  • PIC interfacing
  • measurement system characteristics
  • Fourier series
  • frequency response

Lab 9: Programming a PIC microcontroller - Part I

4.1-4.7

Ch. 4 Smartbook
assignment
(due Fri, 10/12)

project proposal
(due Wed, 10/10)

project deliverable 5
research and order sensors, actuators, and special components (e.g., interface chips), and document this work
(due Week 8)

prepare the file (code for revised "counter.bas") and wiring diagram for the "alternative design" in Section 10.3 of Lab 10 (see steps 2 and 3 in the Procedure section). Only one code printout and diagram is required for each group, and they are due at the beginning of Lab
(in lieu of quiz in Week 8)

8
(10/8 - 10/12)

  • system response (0th, 1st, 2nd order systems)
  • 2nd order system response
  • modeling analogies

Project proposal due (in class, Wednesday, 10/10)

  • operational amplifier
    • circuit analysis

Lab 10: Programming a PIC microcontroller - Part II

4.8-4.11;
5.1-5.4

Ch. 5 Smartbook
assignment
(due Fri, 10/19)

 4: 4.5 [10 pts], 4.7 [30 pts], 4.10 [10 pts], 4.12 [20 pts], 4.26 [15 pts], 4.33 [15 pts], 6.55 (from Ch. 6) [15 pts]
[115 points total]
(due Mon, 10/15)

midterm group evaluation
(due Fri, 10/12)

project deliverable 6
finish researching and ordering sensors, actuators, and special components
(due Week 9)

prepare files (code for "PWM_cal.bas" and PWM.bas") for Lab 11 - printouts for group due at the beginning of Lab
(in lieu of quiz in Week 9)

9
(10/15 - 10/19)

  • operational amplifier
    • applications
    • characteristics of real op amps
  • data acquisition
  • digital to analog, analog to digital conversion
  • project info/advice/help
    • batteries
    • relays
    • power

Lab 11: Pulse-Width-Modulation motor speed control with a PIC

5.5-5.14;
Ch. 8;
Lab 15

Ch. 8 Smartbook
assignment
(due Mon, 10/22)

5: 5.5 [20 pts], 5.10 [20 pts], 5.16 [50 pts], 5.21 [10 pts]
[100 points total]
(due Fri, 10/19)

project deliverable 7
demonstrate a working PIC circuit with basic input and/or output, related to your project if possible
(due Week 10)

10
(10/22 - 10/26)

  • project advice (continued)
  • position measurement
    • switches
    • potentiometer
    • LVDT
    • digital encoder
  • Exam II Review

Lab 4 (not Lab 12): Bandwidth, filters, and diodes

9.1, 9.2

Ch. 9 Smartbook
assignment
(due Mon, 10/29)

6: 8.5 [20 pts], 8.8 [15 pts], 8.9 [15 pts]
[50 points total]
(due Wed, 10/24)

project deliverable 8
start designing and testing circuits and software for additional functional elements (e.g., audio, sensor, actuator), developing your code incrementally
(due Week 11)

11
(10/29 - 11/2)

EXAM II - Monday, 10/29

  • motor fundamentals
  • stepper motor control

Lab 6: Operational amplifier circuits

in Lab, sign up for a 30-minute time slot for your Lab Practical Exam

Ch. 10

Ch. 10 Smartbook
assignment
(due Wed, 11/7)

project deliverable 9
draw detailed wiring diagram showing all components, wires, and pin numbers; work on mechanical components and support hardware. If you create the wiring diagram by hand, you will need to redo it for the final report, so consider using software now (see final report guidelines for more info).
(due Week 12)

12
(11/5 - 11/9)

 

  • stress/strain introduction
  • strain gages
  • Wheatstone bridge
  • strain gage rosette
  • Strain Gage Lab analysis
  • bearing signature analysis case study
  • microcontroller serial communication

Lab Practical Exam

  • see Course Policies for more info.
  • show up at the time scheduled with your TA.
  • have one group member bring in your design notebook for the TA to check for the latest project deliverable.

App C;
9.3, 9.5

project deliverable 10
continue testing and debugging project circuits, create a complete software flowchart, and continue to develop your code incrementally
(due Week 13)

13
(11/12 - 11/16)

Project extra-early-bird award deadline (for +10 points)
(by 5 pm, Tuesday, 11/13)

  • piezoelectric accelerometers
  • temperature measurement - introduction
  • thermocouple relations

No class on Fri, 11/16 (unless catch-up day required)

These Labs are for information only, with the TAs showing hardware related to case studies presented in class. There is no exercise or demonstration, and no analysis or summary sheets or questions are required. However, there will still be a quiz as usual.
Lab 13: Strain gage
Lab 14: Vibration measurement with an accelerometer

Project work and help from TAs during remaining Lab time

9.4

Ch. 9 Smartbook
assignment
(due Mon, 11/19)

7: 9.8 [15 pts], 9.16 [30 pts], 9.24 [25 pts], 9.29 [30 pts]
[100 points total]
(due Fri, 11/30)

 project
finish fabricating and programming the entire system and troubleshoot problems

14
(11/19 - 11/23)

Thanksgiving Break (no classes)

15
(11/26 - 11/30)

Project early-bird award deadline (for +5 points)
(by 5 pm, Tuesday, 11/27)
  • comprehensive case study example

Project work, help and functionality checks with TAs during scheduled Lab times

project
final testing, troubleshooting, and finishing touches

16
(12/3 - 12/7)

  • comprehensive case study example (continued)
  • Final Exam review
  • selected Project presentations

project final demonstrations and evaluations during your scheduled Lab section meeting (with top 10 selected for class presentation and video taping)

Turn in your NI ELVIS board during your project presentation.

final group evaluation
(due Fri, 12/7)

project
evaluation

Project final report
(due in class on Friday, 12/7)

FINAL EXAM (in same room as lectures)
Thursday, December 13, 4:10-6:10pm