Mechatronics Engineering Laboratory Development at San Jose State University
T.R. Hsu, P.Hsu, P.Reischl and F.Barez
Departments of Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering San Jose State University
San Jose, California, 95192. USA.
The Mechanical Engineering Department of San Jose State University has been developing a new mechatronics engineering laboratory since Fall 1995. This laboratory is intended to provide engineering students on the application of electronics, microprocessors and software in designing electro-mechanical systems , mechatronics products and process control systems. The laboratory development is a principal part of an award for “ Undergraduate Curriculum Development on Mechatronics System Engineering ” by the division of undergraduate education of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Major task of the new laboratory is to support instruction and provide hands-on study of two of the five new courses : ME106 Fundamentals of Mechatronics System Engineering and ME 190 Mechatronics System Design. This paper presents the progress made in developing the new mechatronics engineering laboratory. 1. Introduction
The rapid advances of microprocessor and microcomputer technologies in the 1980's have broadened the application of mechatronics to many products and systems, ranging from common household electromechanical products to highly sophisticated space gadgetry and devices. A broader definition of Mechatronics being adopted by the team of instructors at San Jose State University ( SJSU ) is that mechatronics is a technology that relates to the design and manufacture of intelligent products or processes involving hybrid mechanical and electronic functions.
A taskforce involving the faculty members from mechanical, electrical , computer and general engineering departments, and members of the Mechanical Engineering Department Advisory Board was established in early 1993. This taskforce had a mission to develop an undergraduate curriculum in mechatronics that would satisfy the needs of Silicon Valley high technology industry.
The new curriculum will become the third curriculum stem in the Mechanical Engineering Department starting fall-1997. Presently, we offer two stems in the department. These are : (1) Mechanical Engineering Design, and (2) Thermofluids. The implementation of this new stem required the effort in development of the following five new courses :
ME 106 Fundamentals of Mechatronics Engineering ( 4 units, Lec/Lab ) ME 190 Mechatronics System Design ( 3 units, Lec/Lab )
ME 136 Design for Manufacturability in Electronic and Computer Equipments ( 3 units,
ME 196M Introduction to Micro-manufacturing ( 3 units, Lec/Lab) ME 196P Control of Manufacturing Process ( 3 units. Lec/Lab) In addition to the five new courses as listed above, significant modification are made on two existing courses on :
ME 187 Automatic Control System Design ( 3 units )
ME 196E Robotics and Digital Control of Modern Manufacturing ( 3 units, Lec/Lab). The course ME 190 is designated as the capstone course for the new curriculum stem as required by the ABET. Two other existing courses offered by the existing curriculum stems in the department will also be designated as Mechatronics courses. These are : ME 196K Cooling of electronic Systems ( 3 units, Lec/Lab)
ME 196L Design for Electronic Packaging ( 3 units, Lec/Lab ) Detail description and contents of these nine courses can be found in Ref.. The proposal to develop the five new courses and the new mechatronics system engineering laboratory was forwarded to the Undergraduate Course and Curriculum program of the Division of Undergraduate Education of the NSF in June, 1994. Award of funding was announced in early 1995.
2. Development of the Mechatronics Engineering Laboratory
Since the development of the Mechatronics Engineering laboratory was carried out in conjunction with the curriculum...