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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BE 3205 - Biomedical Engineering Mechatronics

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course provides an introduction to general mechatronics principles with emphasis on their biomedical applications. It is designed to be suitable for biomedical, electrical, mechanical and computer engineering students. Specific topics covered include digital systems (digital I/O, A to D conversion, PWM, D to A conversion, embedded controllers, single board computers, communication protocols and displays), review of relevant electrical and mechanical principles (electrical quantities and components, linear circuit analysis, transistors, op amps, kinematics, dynamics, stress and strain, and fluidics), sensors (position and speed, stress and strain, temperature, pressure, and flow), actuators (solenoids, relays, rotary motors, linear motors and valves), and system integration and control. Sophisticated approaches to control problems are deferred to later controls focused courses. Laboratory experiences reinforce basic concepts and culminate with significant individual or small group projects. (prereq: TBD)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Define mechatronics and recognize engineering problems to which mechatronic principles could appropriately be applied.
  • Decompose complex mechatronic systems into a collection of standard and ad hoc sub-systems.
  • Systematically select appropriate sensors for specific sensing applications.
  • Systematically select appropriate actuators for specific applications.
  • Systematically select appropriate digital controllers for specific mechatronic control applications.
  • Integrate mechatronic components into a functional system.
  • Create software to control mechatronic systems.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Electrical quantities and components and linear circuit analysis.
  • Fundamental quantities and principles of mechanics.
  • Fundamental programming concepts.

Course Topics
  • Introduction to Mechatronic Systems, Review of Electrical Fundamentals and Mechanical Fundaments, and Introduction to Digital Electronics (1 week)
  • Review of Programming Principles, Embedded Controllers, Single Board Computers, and Communications and Display Options (3 weeks)
  • Sensors and Signal Conditioning (2 weeks)
  • Actuators and Driving Circuits (2 weeks)
  • System Integration and Control (1 week)
  • Application Case Studies, Review and Final Projects (1 week)

Charles Tritt

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