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Unit information: Electro-Mechanical System Design in 2021/22

Unit name Electro-Mechanical System Design
Unit code EENG20003
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Sam Williamson
Open unit status Not open

MENG11600, MENG22200, MENG10201 or equivalent



School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

Students will be required to build part of an electro-mechanical system and control/feedback electronics to drive it. Using knowledge from previous units and associated lectures, students will be required to perform calculations to optimise their designs. Final assessment of system performance will be reported and discussed.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this project, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply concepts relating tomechanical and electrical components to create a complete electro-mechanical system design
  2. Design and build elements of an electro-mechanical energy conversion system (such as gear stage, amplifier and/or signal conditioning electronics)
  3. Critically assess performance of design systems
  4. Use simulation packages (SIMULINK) to predict performance.
  5. Report on measured performance of system and compare with expected performance
  6. Comment on the shortcomings of the design and suggest reasons for differences in expected and measured behaviours of system.
  7. Conduct research into system components to understand their operation and performance.

Teaching Information

Introductory lectures, followed by lab-based small group teaching. (Dynamic learning manuals may be considered).

Assessment Information

Laboratory book 1 (0%, Formative)

Laboratory book 2 (70%)

Research statement (0%, Formative)

System performance (0%, Formative)

Research project presentation (30%)

Online line test (Must-pass, Formative)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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