Mechatronics Lab

Location: BEC 164

Director: Dr. Vladimir Vantsevich

The Mechatronics Laboratory is an undergraduate lab facility to support the ME 360 course and undergraduate research work. The central idea of these labs is to demonstrate the systems approach to design mechatronic systems, i.e., to design systems with integrated different domains, including a mechanical domain, electrical and electronic control domains. The labs contribute to the lecture course and facilitate innovative undergraduate research within the mechatronics thrust in vehicle and robotics engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Tactile Navigation with Whiskers

Tactile Navigation with Whiskers

Students will build the tactile switches or whiskers onto the Boe-Bot and test them. They will program the Boe-Bot and monitor the state of these switches through field testing.

Robot Control with Distance Detection

Robot Control with Distance Detection

Students will build and test the functionality of Infra-Red sensor in the Boe-Bot. They will analyze different functions of the Infra-Red sensor and experience different scenarios where Infra-Red sensor can be used in the Boe-Bot.

Light Sensitive Navigation with Photo-resistors

Light Sensitive Navigation with Photo-resistors

Students will build and test the photoresistor circuits to roam and avoid shadow like objects. They will control a Boe-Bot robot that is more responsive to shadows.

DC Motor on/off Control with NI myRIO

DC Motor on/off Control with NI myRIO

Students will experience building software and electrical tools to control a mechanical output device. They will understand how to use electrical components, software, and mechanical components to achieve a user-friendly mechatronic system. Students will understand how to receive one type of signal and transform it to provide the input signal for another device.

Motors with PID Control

Motors with PID Control

Students will understand the functional principles of a DC motor with PWM and PID Control. They will model and observe different responses of a DC motor related to the load on its shaft.

Introduction to Solenoids

Introduction to Solenoids

Students will understand the functioning of a solenoid and how it operates. They will study properties of a solenoid its characteristics. Students experience combining software and hardware to control a mechanical output device.