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Laboratory Activities of the Fundamentals of Mechatronics Course for Undergraduate Engineering Technology Students

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Instrumentation Division Technical Session 2

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Avimanyu Sahoo Oklahoma State University

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Avimanyu Sahoo received his Ph.D. and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, and Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi, India, in 2015 and 2011, respectively. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Division of Engineering Technology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA. His teaching interests include mechatronics, control systems, electrical engineering. His current research interests include event
sampled control, adaptive control, neural network control, networked control system, and optimal control.

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Young Chang Oklahoma State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Young Chang is a Professor and the Head of the Division of Engineering Technology. Since 2000 he has taught Mechanical Engineering Technology courses, particularly on hydraulic, electrohydraulic, and pneumatic fluid power. Prior to 2000, he worked as an adjunct faculty and a research staff of the Web Handling Research Center, supported by a consortium of American companies. He previously worked at Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute characterizing flow-induced vibration and thermo-fluids problems of nuclear power plant components, mainly related to the safety of pressurized-water reactors.

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A mechatronics course was developed as a multidisciplinary course for undergraduate students in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) and Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) at Oklahoma State University. The Fundamentals of Mechatronics course serves as the foundational course for three other Mechatronics courses, which will be the core of the proposed minor and graduate programs at the Division of Engineering Technology. It is a three credit hour course with two-hour lecture and one-hour laboratory session. It is currently an elective course but will be a required core course for the mechatronics minor. This paper presents the development of laboratory activities for the course. The laboratory activities focus on a wide variety of electrical, mechanical, and control applications synchronized with the lectures. The labs start with designing a linear regulated power supply to enhance the electrical background of students. The experiments extensively use National Instrument’s LabVIEW graphical programming language and myRIO hardware to control electro-pneumatic systems and dc motors along with various other sensors interface. The paper presents the development of the laboratory infrastructures and the challenges faced during the development of this interdisciplinary course. One of the major challenges stemmed from the fact that the class was comprised of two groups of students, MET and EET, who have much different backgrounds. Sample course material, laboratory activities, student assignments are presented to show the pedagogical approach followed in the course. Assessment of student performance and feedback from students are also presented. The paper will be helpful for instructors who are looking for developing a mechatronics laboratory for students with a diverse background latter.

Sahoo, A., & Chang, Y. (2019, June), Laboratory Activities of the Fundamentals of Mechatronics Course for Undergraduate Engineering Technology Students Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33041

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