About the Course
The Mechatronics Revolution is upon us. Never before has it been easier to build robotic devices and computer-controlled machines. The confluence of low-cost embedded computers, sensors, and actuators has made experimentation and prototyping easier than ever.
Course modules will explore the mechatronics design process, fundamentals of microcontrollers, embedded systems programming, actuator control, and sensor interfacing. Through several hands-on labs, students will solidify their knowledge of core mechatronics concepts and gain real-world experience building their own mechatronic systems. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be equipped with the fundamental knowledge they need to harness the Mechatronics Revolution.
What you’ll learn?
- Recognize and describe the elements of a microcontroller as well as the operating principles of motors, sensors, and circuits commonly used in mechatronic devices
- Create basic programs for microcontrollers using interrupt-driven programming
- Design and implement microcontroller programs that read from sensors and achieve appropriate actuator commands
- Implement a mechatronic device using actuators, sensors, and a microcontroller command processor
Module 1: Overview of Microcontrollers
- Topic 1: What is Mechatronics?
- Topic 2: Introduction to Microcontroller Technology
Module 2: Circuits and Electrical Components
- Topic 1: Basic Circuit Concepts
- Topic 2: Semiconductor Circuit Elements
- Topic 3: Example Circuits for Mechatronic Devices
Module 3: Microcontroller Fundamentals
- Topic 1: Integer Math
- Topic 2: C Programming for Microcontrollers
- Topic 3: General-Purpose Input Output
- Topic 4: Interrupt-Driven Programming
- Topic 5: Clocks and Timers
Module 4: Motors and Servos
- Topic 1: Actuators for Mechatronic Systems
- Topic 2: Brushed DC Motors
- Topic 3: Pulse Width Modulation and Servo Control
Module 5: Sensors and Microcontroller Interfacing
- Topic 1: Sensors for Mechatronic Systems
- Topic 2: Analog-to-Digital Conversion
- Topic 3: Universal Asynchronous Receiver-Transmitter (UART)
- Topic 4: I2C and Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI)
- Topic 5: Examples of Sensor-Microcontroller Integration
Module 6: Building Mechatronic Systems
- Topic 1: Building a Hexapod Robot
- Topic 2: Building a Line Following Robot
- Familiarity with basic circuits and circuit components
- Familiarity with Programming in one of either C, MATLAB, or Python
- The mechatronics lab kit, TI-RSLK-Mechkit (available for purchase through Mouser.com for $162 at this link)
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