ENGRMAE 106 Mechanical Systems Laboratory (2016-2017)

ENGRMAE 106 Mechanical Systems Laboratory

(Required for AE and ME. Selected Elective for MSE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMAE 106 Mechanical Systems Laboratory (Credit Units: 4) Experiments in linear systems, including op-amp circuits, vibrations, and control systems. Emphasis on demonstrating that mathematical models can be useful tools for the analysis and design of electro-mechanical systems. Materials fee. Prerequisite: EECS70A or MAE 60. Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0073529271.

Recommended Textbook:

Course notes are also available at the copy center. Course website: http://www.eng.uci.edu/~dreinken/MAE106/mae106home.htm

David J. Reinkensmeyer
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Ability to solve first and second order differential equations to determine the temporal response of a dynamic system. ME-2

2. Ability to find the frequency response of first or second order filters and dynamic systems.

3. Ability to design and analyze analog circuits for computation and control.

4. Ability to design and analyze basic circuits for controlling high power actuators with low power inputs.

5. Ability to explain the physical principles of and to mathematically model DC brushed motors.

6. Ability to explain the basic principles, advantages, and disadvantages of feedforward and feedback approaches to control.

7. Ability to construct and solve block diagram representations of control systems.

8. Ability to analyze and design proportional, integral, and derivative feedback controllers.

9. Ability to explain the theory of structural resonance and vibration.

10. Ability to analyze a vibration isolation system.

11. Ability to operate a function generator to generate waveforms, and an oscilloscope to capture waveforms and measure their characteristics.

12. Ability to measure the time (impulse, step response) and frequency responses of a dynamic system and compare the measurements to their mathematically predicted values.

13. Ability to build an analog controller for controlling the position or velocity of a motor.

14. Ability to build a computer-based controller for controlling the position of a motor.

15. Ability to design and construct a mechanical system to solve an open-ended problem in a team of students.

16. Ability to write a comprehensive report of a solution to a mechanical design problem with a team of students.

17. Ability to contribute in a team of students to the completion of a final design project

Prerequisites by Topic

Introduction to Engineering Analysis II and Network Analysis I

Lecture Topics:
  • Overview, Design Exercise, Review of Circuit Analysis
  • Time and Frequency Domains
  • First-Order Systems: DC Motors and Electrical Filters
  • Introduction to Control Theory
  • Example of Feedback Control: P-type Velocity Control of a Motor
  • Second Order Systems: Time domain
  • Second Order Systems: Frequency domain
  • PD Motor Control
  • Systems with Two Modes of Vibration
  • Design of a Vibration Isolator
  • Advanced Control
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

For laboratory write-ups and data acquisition.

Laboratory Projects:

Exercises: Handouts that describe the experiments will be made available on the course web site, along with their solutions. You should work through the lab, referring to the solution. The solution is provided to relieve time pressure and to act as a “consultant” if you get stuck. You can also ask the TA for help if you are confused. Be creative, explore, and have fun in the lab. This is your opportunity to build things that move and see how they work. Pre-Quizzes: There will be a brief quiz at the beginning of each lab testing whether you have read the experiment handout before coming to laboratory. Write-up: Each student will be required to turn in a brief write-up for the lab. The write-up must be typed. You must use a computer graphing program (e.g. Microsoft Excel or Matlab) for all graphs. Zero credit if you don’t do this! Post-Quizzes: There will be a 30-minute quiz in lecture the Tuesday following each laboratory. Final Project: There will be a final project competition involving the design and head-to head testing of a robotic device. The final project tournament will take place on the day of the scheduled final exam, and will replace the final exam. There will be a write-up due on the day of the final paper.

Professional Component

Contributes toward the Mechanical Engineering Topics courses and Major design experience. Contributes toward the Aerospace Engineering Topics courses and Major design experience.

Design Content Description

This course requires solution of design problems related to control and vibration, as well as design and construction of a robotic device for the final project.

Lectures: 30%
Laboratory Portion: 70%
Grading Criteria:
  • Lab Pre-Quizzes: 7%
  • Lab Post-Quizzes: 14%
  • Lab Write-ups: 14%
  • Midterm Exam: 20%
  • Design Exam: 20%
  • Final Project: 25%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

July 12, 2016
Senate Approved:
February 12, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Winter Qtr