MEC355 - Mechatronics: Pneumatics and Hydraulic

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Subject Title
Mechatronics: Pneumatics and Hydraulic

Subject Description

This course covers pneumatics, electropneumatics and hydraulics control circuit as a subsytems of complex mechatronics systems.

Students will learn the functions and properties of control elements and actuators based upon physical principles, and the roles they play within the mechatronics system.

Technical documentation such as data sheets, pneumatic, electropneumatic, hydraulic circuit diagrams, displacement step diagrams and function charts will also be covered.

By understanding and performing exercises and measurements of pneumatic and electropneumatic control circuits, students will learn and apply troubleshooting strategies to identify, localize and (where possible) correct malfunctions.

Preventive maintenance of components and safety issues of the mechatronics systems and local standards/regulations will be discussed.

Technical documentation such as schematics and specifications will be covered.

Students will also learn ways to design simple pneumatic and electropneumatic control circuits.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Understand the role of various pneumatic, electropneumatic and hydraulic components within a given system or module.

2. Trace and describe the flow of energy in a given mechatronic system or subsystem.

3. Describe the basic physical properties of pneumatic and hydraulic components.

4. Carry out measurements and adjustments on pneumatic, electropneumatic components in a mechatronic system.

5. Read, analyze and utilize the technical documents such as circuit diagrams, data sheets, displacement step diagrams and function charts within a mechatronic system.

6. Correctly localize, identify and document causes of malfunctions in pneumatic, electropneumatic and hydraulic circuits, based upon the technical documentation.

7. Correct malfunctions in circuits, where possible, or correctly identify action required to correct it.

8. Apply safety rules while working on the system during testing and troubleshooting.

9. Transfer the knowledge learned from one system to another

Essential Employability Skills
Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.