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Mechanical Components and Electrical Drives

Course Description
This course covers the basics of mechanical components and electrical drives in a complex mechatronic system. Based upon a physical system, students will learn the basic functions and physical properties of mechanical components as well as electrical drives (AC and DC), and the roles they play within the system. They will also learn about mechanical components which lead and support the energy through a mechanical system to increase efficiency and to reduce wear and tear. Materials, lubrication requirements and surface properties will be examined. Technical documentation such as data sheets and specifications of mechanical elements and electrical drives will also be covered. By understanding the interworkings of the complete system, students will learn and apply troubleshooting strategies to identify, localize and (where possible) to correct malfunctions. Preventive maintenance of mechanical elements and electrical drives as well as safety issues within the system will be discussed.

Course Goals
Upon completion of the course, students should:

  • Understand the role of mechanical components and electrical drives in complex mechatronic systems, modules and subsystems.
  • Understand the flow of energy in the system.
  • Understand troubleshooting, preventive maintenance and safety issues revolving around mechanical components and electrical drives within a mechatronic system.

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

  • Explain the role of various mechanical 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 mechanical components including materials, lubrication requirements and surface properties.
  • Carry out adjustments on mechanical components in a mechatronic system.
  • Read, analyze and utilize the technical data sheets for the mechanical components and electrical drives within a mechatronic system.
  • Correctly localize, identify and document causes of malfunctions in mechanical components or electrical drives, based upon the technical documentation.
  • Correct malfunctions where possible, 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.