Module Title:Mechatronics 2
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Module will be delivered through lectures, tutorials, and practical sessions.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide the students with the knowledge to design, build and analyse compressed air, hydraulic and electromechanical systems typically used in industry.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Design a Compressed air system for a factory
LO2 Examine and analyse Hydraulic systems
LO3 Design and build Electro-pneumatic/hydraulic circuits.
LO4 Describe the operation of AC Motors understanding their specific starting characteristics, efficiencies, speed control and testing.
LO5 Describe Safe System of Work Plan (S.S.W.P.) for Lock-out Tag-Out in industrial applications.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Design Compressed Air System
Calculate Air requirements Design ring and branch mains Layout plant room and considerations for maintenance, expansion and operation. Calculate pressure drops around the mains Drawings of plant room, ring main and typical details. Safety - risk assessment on start-up of compressed air plant and equipment.
Pump selection and calculation of pressure and flow Construction and analysis of hydraulic circuits for particular applications. Filtration and design of Offline filtration loops, with filter sizing and efficiency. Design of hydraulic power packs, including tank, frame, pump position, valve sub plate mounting, heating and cooling circuits.
Cascade Pneumatics / Electro Pneumatics / Hydraulics.
Indirect control of basic electro-pneumatic circuits Correct use of contactors/relay timers and proximity switches. Terminal labelling, standard notation. Design and representation of electrical control circuits for the control of basic electro pneumatic/hydraulic systems. Application of cascade circuits in packaging / handling equipment and analysis of typical pick and place control circuits used in industry. Recognising base positioning and start up conditions, emergency stop implications. Application of solenoid valves and proportional control valves, trouble shooting on circuits and logical steps in analysing problems on electro pneumatic/hydraulic circuits.
AC Motors
Induction Motors and their operation Torque-load curves and starting characteristics. Methods of starting DOL, Star/Delta, Soft Starters, VSD Calculation of motor size and consideration of energy use over its lifetime in selection of motor types, Eff1, Eff2...
Variable Speed Drives
VSDs basic design and function Application of VSD on variable torque loads and potential energy saving of using VSDs on fans, pumps and payback.
Safety & Isolation Procedures
Plant Isolation and safety protocols Lock-Out Tag-Out Risk assessment in maintenance and importance of procedures in isolation
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Written class tests and or online assessment may be employed to encourage individual learning 2,3,4,5 10.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Students are expected to prepare a comprehensive project on a compressed air system for a factory which should include all calculation, drawing, specification and selection of compressor 1,3,4 20.00 Sem 1 End
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical laboratory exercises include; • Hardwiring electro-pneumatic circuits, direct and indirect wiring of contactors, timer blocks. • Constructing hydraulic circuits to control various cylinder movements • Trouble shooting on a problematic circuits, with build in errors • Torque V’s Load tests, locked rotor tests on motors • Testing a 3 phase motor • Basic programming of VSD • Lock-Out Tag-Out exercises • Demonstration of Star-Delta wiring, and start-up 2,3,4 10.00 Sem 1 End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A final written examination will assess the extent to which the student has achieved the module learning outcomes 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Laboratory Every Week 1.50
Estimated Learner Hours Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 6.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EMMEC_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 3 Mandatory
CW_EEMEC_D Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 3 Mandatory