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Integrating Servomotor Concepts into Mechatronics Engineering Technology Curriculum Emphasizing High Speed Packaging Machinery

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Effective Projects and Experiments in Instrumentation and Control

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22.915.1 - 22.915.16



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Akram Hossain Purdue University, Calumet

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Akram Hossain, Purdue University, Calumet.
Akram Hossain is a Professor in the department of Engineering Technology at Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN. He worked eight years in industry at various capacities. He is working with Purdue University Calumet for the past 24 years. He consults for industry on process control and related disciplines. He is a senior member of IEEE. He served in IEEE/Industry Application Society for 15 years at various capacities. He served as chair of manufacturing Systems Development Applications Department of IEEE/IAS. He authored more than 25 refereed journal and conference publications. In 2009, as PI, he received a NSF-CCLI grant entitled A Mechatronics Curriculum and Packaging Automation Laboratory Facility. From 2003 through 2006, he was involved with Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL in developing direct computer control for hydrogen powered automotives. He is also involved in several direct computer control and wireless process control related research projects. His interests are in the area of industrial transducer, industrial process control, modeling and simulation of Mechatronics devices and systems, wireless controls, statistical process control, computer aided design and fabrication of printed circuit board, programmable logic controllers, programmable logic devices and renewable energy related projects.

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Md. Rasheduzzaman Purdue University, Calumet

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Md. Rasheduzzaman has received his M.S. in Engineering from Purdue University. Calumet, USA in 2010 from the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His primary fields of interest are Power Systems and Power Electronics. He developed a model to explain the power flow in an electric scooter using Simulink during his Master’s research work. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla. He is working as a research assistant in the department of Electrical Engineering.

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Integrating Servomotor Concepts in to Mechatronics Engineering Technology Curriculum Emphasizing High Speed Packaging MachineryMost of the driving forces in high speed packaging are obtained from three-phase induction motors andservomotors. In order to introduce them adequately to students one needs to start with the relationshipbetween electrical and mechanical aspects of both types motors. This relationship is also important forthe understanding of kinematics of high speed packaging machinery system and their design, operationand maintenance. Concepts are conveyed through force-current and force-voltage analogy betweenmechanical and electrical systems and simulation of mechanical systems by using differential equationsand electrical networks. Mathematical modeling of a servomotor control system using Laplace andsoftware tools are essential for communicating these concepts. Sizing a three-phase induction motor -amplifier combination for a desired motion trajectory of the motor and also sizing a servomotor -amplifier combination for a desired motion trajectory of the motor are introduced.Concepts of CAM operation and performing an electronic CAM using a servomotor control system for agiven task. Writing ladder logic to perform a given CAM operation for an application is also an integralpart of the course. A semester long class-project based on real life applications is assigned to thestudent to satisfy the experiential learning component of the curriculum.Studying the performance of a given servomotor under a chosen load using models and software toolssuch as Simulink and LabVIEW are introduced in the course. Concept of inertia mismatch between loadand motor are also studied using models.

Hossain, A., & Rasheduzzaman, M. (2011, June), Integrating Servomotor Concepts into Mechatronics Engineering Technology Curriculum Emphasizing High Speed Packaging Machinery Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18244

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