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Foundation Mechatronics Laboratory Course for Mechanical Engineering Students

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Mechanical Engineering Technical Session: Labs & Projects - New Opportunities

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Khalifa H. Harib United Arab Emirates University


Sangarappillai Sivaloganathan United Arab Emirates University

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Dr Sangarappillai Sivaloganathan – Siva is a Srilankan by birth and a citizen of the United Kingdom. His experience in Sri-lanka started with an year’s post-graduate apprenticeship in the manufacturing shops of the Government Railway and nine years in the Cement Industry. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from University of Srilanka, and obtained his Masters from the University of Aston and PhD from City University of London, both in the UK. He started his career in the UK as the Senior Research Assistant at the SERC Engineering Design Centre. He joined Brunel University in 1995 where he worked for 18 years before joining United Arab Emirates University in August 2011. During his stay at Brunel he has worked with many British industries. Dr Sivaloganathan is a keen researcher in Design and was the Convenor for the International Engineering Design Conferences in 1998 and 2000. He has been a regular participant of the ASEE annual conference during the past few years. He has published more than 85 papers in reputed journals and conferences.

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Rihab Kamal M. Hamza United Arab Emirates University

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Rihab K. M. Hamza joined the United Arab Emirates University in 1999 as Instructor at Engineering Requirement Unit. Currently she serves as Instructor at Mechanical Engineering Department. She obtained her B.Sc. degree from University of Khartoum, Sudan in 1990, and her M.Sc. degrees from the University of Khartoum in 1994, in Mechanical Engineering. Her research and teaching interests include mechatronics, dynamics and control, and geometric modelling.

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Muthanna Ahmed Aziz United Arab Emirates University

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Muthanna A. Aziz joined United Arab Emirates University in 2008 as a Laboratory Specialist at Mechanical Engineering Department. He obtained his B.Sc. degree from University of Baghdad in 2000 in Electronics and communication Engineering. His research interests include robotics, mechatronics, dynamics and control.

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Foundation Mechatronics Laboratory Course for Mechanical Engineering Students Mechatronics is synergistic integration of mechanical engineering with electronics and intelligent computer control in the design and manufacturing of industrial products and processes [1]. It integrates sensors, actuators, signal conditioning, power electronics, decision and control algorithms, and computer hardware and software to manage complexity and communication in engineered systems. Mechanical engineering students often come across a glass-wall between them and the multi-disciplinary Mechatronics and the introduction of the subject plays a critical role in developing them as competent mechatronic engineers. Bloom’s Taxonomy categorizes learning into three domains: cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (attitudes). A holistic lesson requires the inclusion of all the three domains in constructing learning tasks for students. With respect to Mechatronics the hypothesis is that the psychomotor domain, developed mainly in the learning laboratory, greatly assists the mechanical engineering students in all three domains and to break the glass wall and become competent mechatronic engineers. This paper describes a foundation Mechatronics laboratory course for mechanical engineering students who later embark on Mechatronic Product development graduation projects at the authors’ university. It describes briefly but with sufficient details the twelve experiments that helps them to gain the skills in using the equipment correctly with ease and to progress to develop advanced implementations. These experiments start with the introduction of the basic lab equipment and components, and continue to introducing the circuits and applications of fundamental electric and electronic devices including diodes, transistors, and operational amplifiers. This finishes with the use of micro-controllers and hardware programming of typical mechatronics applications. The paper provides details of how a current cohort of students perceived the course and continues to describe how some of the previous batches of students went to develop complex Mechatronic products during their graduation project. The paper concludes with the benefits the course provides, and lessons learned during the implementation and maintenance of the course.

Harib, K. H., & Sivaloganathan, S., & Hamza, R. K. M., & Aziz, M. A. (2020, June), Foundation Mechatronics Laboratory Course for Mechanical Engineering Students Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34687

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