Mechatronics, Vibrations, and Controls Laboratory

Equipment

Mechatronics

  • Allen Bradley MicroLogix PLCs
  • PIC Microcontrollers and Development Boards
  • Baldor Servo Motors and Ball Screws
  • Pnuematic Material Handling Systems
  • MatLab and Simulink Software
  • LabVIEW Software and Sound and Vibration Toolkit
  • National Instruments Data Acquistion and Signal Processing Equipment
  • TTL Logic Training Kits

Vibrations

  • Piezotronics Impact Hammers
  • Piezotronics Accelerometers and Force Transducers
  • TIRA Shaker
  • Robot: ABB IRB140 6-Axis Industrial Manipulator with IRC5 Controller

Controls

  • NI PCI-6014 M Series Data Acquisition (DAQ) Card
  • NI BNC-2120 Signal Processing Unit
  • NI LabVIEW software
  • NI Control Design and Simulation (CDSim ) module
  • Pulse With Modulation (PWM) Servo DC Motor Drivers
  • Process Simulator (Electrical System)
  • Temperature Control Stations (Thermal System)
  • Pendulum Position Control Stations (Mechanical System)
  • Servo DC Motor Position and Speed Control Stations (Electro-Mechanical System)
  • Siemens P, PI, PID Industrial Controllers

Analog Circuits

  • PSPICE Circuit Simulation Software
  • Tektronix Digital Oscilloscopes
  • Agilent Function Generators
  • Circuit-Specialists Power Supplies
  • Fluke Bench Multimeters
  • Solderless breadboard
  • Aluminum Cantilever Beam with Strain Gauges
  • Miscellaneous (Cd-S photocells, DC motors,  Buzzers, LEDs, Diodes, etc)

Overview

The mechatronics, vibrations, and controls laboratory provides students with hands-on experience in four areas of mechanical engineering:

  • In mechatronics, students learn the fundamentals of automation such as digital logic, microcontrollers, programmable logic controllers, robotics, sensors, and pneumatics.
  • In vibrations, students learn how structures react to a variety of input forces.
  • In controls, students learn how to guide or regulate the operation of machines or processes.
  • In analog circuits, students learn how to design and implement electrical circuits.

Associated Courses

Mechanical engineering students are introduced to the laboratory in the following fashion:

Sophomore year

ME 261: Analog Circuits Lab: Students learn to design. model, build, and test analog circuits.

Junior year

ME 364: Vibrations Lab: Students experimental modal analysis techniques to determine natural frequencies, mode shapes, and frequency response functions of structures.

Senior year

ME 444: Automatic Control Laboratory: Students learn controller design and implementation for a variety electromechanical systems.

ME 460: Robotics Laboratory: Students program an industrial robot to perform a variety of tasks.

ME 490: Mechatronics: Students learn to implement a variety of electromechanical devices such as microcontrollers, programmable logic controllers, pneumatic systems, and servo motor systems.