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Electromechanical Engineering (ELM)

ELM 3015  Sensors and Instrumentation  (3)                                                           fall
This course is an introduction to the type of sensors used in research and industry to measure physical and mechanical parameters and the standard methods of interfacing these devices. Discussion includes investigation of the underlying physical phenomenon which each transducer exploits and various signal conditioning and interfacing strategies. Typical devices covered include strain gages, LVDTs, load cells, pressure transducers, tachometers, accelerometers, temperature sensors, level sensors, and optical sensors; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: ELT 1110 or 2072, 2051, 2060 or equivalent, MAT 1520, PHY 1042, concurrent enrollment in CIS 2025, ELT 3060 or equivalent, MAT 2532 [Course fee: $210]

ELM 4015  Electromechanical Power Systems  (4)                                                 fall
This course provides a detailed analysis of the components in high-power hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical systems. Topics include pumps, pneumatic circuits, safety valves, actuators, electric motors, generators, transformers, relays, solenoids, and high-power semiconductors. Emphasis is placed on specifications (power ratings), typical uses, and energy conversion issues. Programmable controllers are introduced to demonstrate control and sequencing in these systems; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: ELM 3015, MAT 3170 [Course fee: $35]

ELM 4231  Control Systems I  (4)                                                                               fall
Students are introduced to analytical system modeling and the design of controllers for closed-loop electrical and mechanical systems. Topics include finite state machine design and implementation; the development of dynamic systems models using Laplace techniques; block diagram system representation; time-domain and frequency-domain system analysis; the determination of system stability; system error computation; an introduction to controller design; and the design of discrete-time controllers using z-transform methods; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: ELT 2061, MAT 3170, senior standing in either the BS.EET or BS.ELM program, or instructor permission [Course fee: $160]  

ELM 4232  Control Systems II  (4)                                                                        spring
This course is a continuation of Control Systems I. Students are introduced to advanced system design methodology for complex second-order and higher-order systems. Topics include system modeling methods, performance parameter design trade-offs, the design of multiple feedback loop controllers, and State-Space design; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: ELM 4231 [Course fee: $160]

ELM 4701  Electromechanical Project I  (2)                                                                               fall
This course emphasizes project design, planning, and manufacturing issues. Topics include planning and budgeting; safety in the design; design for manufacturability; fabrication techniques; testing for safety and reliability; and quality control. Students are given a small electromechanical design on which to apply the lecture material. Students also select and begin planning a major, team-oriented project that is completed in Projects II. The project must have major software, electrical, and mechanical components; 1 hour of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CIS 2025; ELM 3015; ELT 2050, 2061, and 1032 or 3060 and 2052 or 3030; MEC 1011, 2010, 2035, 2065, 3020 or equivalent; PHY 3120; concurrent enrollment in ELM 4015, 4231 [Course fee: $160]

ELM 4702  Electromechanical Project II  (3)                                                                           spring
This course is a continuation of ELM Project I and deals primarily with issues of large-scale projects. Coordination between the members of the design teams is stressed with frequent seminars and mini-presentations to inform everyone of the team progress. A major presentation of the team project is required at the end of the semester; 1 hour of lecture, 6 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: ELM 4701 and concurrent enrollment in ELM 4232, ELT 3040 [Course fee: $160]