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ME 644 Mechatronics

Catalog Description

ME 644 Mechatronics (3). Prerequisites: ME 435 and EE 535. Introduction to multi-domain systems. Mechanical, thermal, fluid, electrical, electronic, electro-mechanical system dynamics. Emphasis on modeling and simulation of hybrid systems using modern computer-aided tools.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. System dynamics.
  2. Instrumentation electronics.


D.G. Alciatore and M.B. Histand, Introduction to Mechatronics and Measurement Systems, 3rd edition, McGraw Hill, 2007.


C.M. Richards, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes

The objective of this course is to give graduate students in Mechanical Engineering the background to effectively design and analyze electro-mechanical systems.

Topics Covered

  1. Mechanical system interfacing - introduction (1 class).
  2. Combinational digital logic (4 classes).
  3. Synchronous sequential logic (4 classes).
  4. Semiconductor electronics (4 classes).
  5. Analog signal processing (2 classes).
  6. Data acquisition (5 classes).
  7. Sensors (6 classes).
  8. Actuators (8 classes).
  9. Microcontrollers (8 classes).
  10. Examinations (2 classes and 2½ hours).

Computer Use

Homework, lab reports and projects require use of MATLAB and other analysis software.

Laboratory Projects

Laboratory homework and project include the design and fabrication of analog circuit boards for both combinational and sequential logic routines. Various analog and digital sensors and actuators are utilized. Project includes the coding and utilization of microcontrollers.

Class/Laboratory Schedule

Three 50 minute sessions per week devoted to lecture, discussion, and problem solving.


Homework/lab reports - 30%, quizzes - 20%, exams - 20%, project - 20%, final - 10%.

Professional Component Contribution

Engineering science: 2 credits, engineering design: 1 credit.

Relationship to Program Outcomes

This course supports Mechanical Engineering program objectives by developing:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.

Prepared by C.M. Richards, May 2006

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