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This course provides an introduction to sensors and actuator in mechatronic systems. The topics include sensing principles for the measurement of motion, force, torque, pressure, flow, and temperature using analog and digital transducers; actuating principles for continuous drive actuators and stepper motors; power transmission systems; and methods for signal collection, conditioning and analysis. Various components will be experimentally tested and analyzed.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
  • Explain the concepts behind converting physical phenomena into measurable electrical signals in different types of sensors, including MEMS-based sensors, and microfluidic sensors
  • Explain the concepts behind converting electrical power into a mechanical output (actuators), and describe different types of motors
  • Apply and solve appropriate mathematical equations to describe sensor operation
  • Design and analyze appropriate circuits for use with sensors, e.g., bridge circuits, and circuits for signal conditioning, including amplifiers and filters
  • Test and calibrate different sensors, and be able to read and understand sensor datasheets
  • Control a servo motor and incorporate the motor into a larger system design
  • Working with a partner, be able to design, build and test an integrated system involving sensors and/or actuators, and demonstrate system operation
  • Write lab and project reports, in a proper format, that describe the experimental or design procedure, and present and discuss the results
Credit Breakdown

Lecture: 3
Lab: 0.25
Tutorial: 0

Academic Unit Breakdown

Academic Units:
Mathematics 0
Natural Sciences 0
Complementary Studies 0
Engineering Science 27
Engineering Design 12