Module Title:Mechatronics 3
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
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 Describe Safe System of Work Plan (S.S.W.P.) for Lock-out Tag-Out in industrial applications.
LO3 Construct electro pneumatic circuits based on standard industrial control circuits. (Ex Hand/Auto cycles, indirect switching of contactors with interlock, hold on contacts) Using training panels and electrical drawings.
LO4 Conduct 3 phase motor test, with appropriate equipment, and assess results.
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.
Electrical & Electro-pneumatic control Circuits
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.
Safety & Isolation Procedures
Plant Isolation and safety protocols Lock-Out Tag-Out Risk assessment in maintenance and importance of procedures in isolation
AC Motors
Installation of Direct-on-Line circuits, Direct on line with remote start/stops. Emergency stops. Sequential control circuits, Hand-off-Auto control circuits. Insulation & continuity testing of motors. Programming and running motor from VSD.
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Compressed Air project for a factory, calc's pressure drops, specification, and drawings 1 35.00 Sem 1 End
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Combination of Labs & Online assessments 2,3,4 25.00 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Questions on the LO's 1, 2 & 4 1,2,4 40.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 4.33
Total Hours 125.00

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