Electrical Components

Course Description
This course covers the basics of electrical components in a complex mechatronic system. Based upon a physical system, students will learn the basic functions and physical properties of electrical components, and the roles they play within the system. Technical documentation such as data sheets, schematics, timing diagrams and system specifications will also be covered. By understanding the complete system, the flow of energy through it and measurements on the components, students will learn and apply troubleshooting strategies to identify, localize and (where possible) correct malfunctions. Preventive maintenance and safety issues for electrical components within the system will be discussed.

Course Goals
Upon completion of the course, students should:

  • Understand what a mechatronic system is, and the inter-relationships of components and modules with a system.
  • Understand the flow of energy, mass and information in the system.
  • Understand the role of electrical components in complex mechatronic system and subsystems.
  • Understand troubleshooting, maintenance and safety issues within a mechatronic system.

Course Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe what comprises a mechatronic system or module.
  • · Explain the role of various electrical components within a given system or module.
  • Trace and describe the flow of energy in a given mechatronic system or subsystem.
  • · Describe the basic physical properties of electrical components.
  • Read, analyze and utilize the technical documents such as data sheets, timing diagrams, operation manuals, schematics, etc. for a mechatronic system.
  • Carry out measurements on electrical components in a mechatronic system.
  • Correctly localize, identify and document causes of malfunctions in electrical components, based upon the technical documentation.
  • Where possible correct malfunctions, or correctly identify the expertise required to correct a malfunction.
  • Apply safety rules while working on the system.
  • Transfer the knowledge learned from one system to another system.

Course Content
Content to be covered within this course includes the following topics:

  • Basic elements and quantities
  • Circuit diagrams, data sheets, schematics
  • Measurements
  • Energy sources
  • Relays and Contactors
  • Input and Output Devices (Switches and Indicators)
  • Solenoids
  • Fuses and Circuit Breakers (Overcurrent protection)
  • Reed Contacts
  • Photoelectric Sensors
  • Inductive Sensors
  • Capacitive Sensors
  • Safety issues, including local regulations
  • Preventive and routine maintenance of components
  • Troubleshooting of the electrical components within a module or system