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Diploma in Mechatronics

This free online course will teach you about the working principles of the key elements of mechatronic systems.

Publisher: NPTEL
Have you ever heard people say that mechatronics is the smartest field of engineering? They might have a point. Mechatronics integrates mechanical and electronic engineering, as well as intelligent computer controls. It deals with the design of smart robots and automated systems. This course will equip you with knowledge of the working principles and roles of mechatronic systems’ key components and how mechatronics can better our daily lives.
Diploma in Mechatronics
  • Duration

    10-15 Hours
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You will probably see at least one mechatronics system from the photocopy machines, surgical robots, anti-lock brakes of cars to vacuum cleaners when you look around. These are all mechatronic systems. Even your phone camera is an example of a mechatronics system. Mechatronic systems come in different shapes and varying elements. However, they do have some components in common. This course on Mechatronics will enlighten you on the key features of the mechatronics system and how you can utilise them. First, the course will introduce you to the essential components and definitions of the mechatronics system. Second, you will study the laws guiding the design of electrical circuits and the basic principles of semiconductor devices. Then you will learn about the principles of operation of various sensors such as proximity, fluid flow, and vibration sensors. Finally, the course will explain the working principles of some position and acceleration sensors. More importantly, you will learn about the essence of these sensors in mechatronic systems.

Furthermore, the course will take you through mechanical and electrical actuation systems. You will learn about the importance of actuation systems and some examples of actuators. The program will show you the differences between the hydraulic and pneumatic actuators based on their working principles and components. Electrical actuators have more advantages than mechanical actuators because they are easy to maintain and have higher reliability. You will examine how electrical actuation systems, such as solenoids, relays, and motors operate and how reliable they are. In most engineering systems, there is a presentation system that shows the output of the systems. For example, when you use a voltmeter to measure voltage, how do you see the outcome? Through a display device such as Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), right? LCD is just one of those presentation systems out there. You will learn about other presentation systems and their working principles, as well as their unique usefulness in mechatronics systems. Next, you will discover the essence of signal conditioners in mechatronics. In combination with external elements, you will be shown how operational amplifiers can serve as signal manipulators and filters. This course will describe the processes of analogue-to-digital conversion and the operational principle of the resistor ladder network digital-to-analogue converter. Lastly, you will have a sneak peek at the roles of artificial intelligence in mechatronics and how you can design the fuzzy logic control system to control a cooling system.

The field of mechatronics is still evolving. It has evolved from being the electronic ignition system to a more innovative ignition system, such as the digital twin-based spark ignition technology. The potentials of mechatronics are endless and cut across various industries such as healthcare and manufacturing. If you are in the field of mechatronics or one relating to engineering, you will find this course on mechatronics useful. You will get to connect some of the principles you already know from your engineering profession to the operation of mechatronic systems. You will be exposed to practical circuit designs, including sensors, operational amplifiers, and some other circuit elements. Whether you are an electrical, mechanical, or automobile engineer, this course will set you apart from your peers because you will acquire the necessary details to design more intelligent engineering systems. So don’t wait. Start learning today!

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