MECH 4523 - Control System Fundamentals, 3 Credits
Prerequisite(s): MATH 1033 with D or better or MATH 1034 with D or better or MATH 1054 with D or better or MATH 1063 with D or better or MATH 1084 with D or better or MATH 2003 with D or better or MATH 2074 with D or better or MATH 2094 with D or better or MATH 6114 with D or better
This course introduces students to the electronic components commonly used to monitor and control mechanical systems. Topics include principles of both electronic and pneumatic control systems with an emphasis on mechanical engineering technology applications. Students build simulated control systems using switches and both traditional and solid state relays common on modern industrial machines. Electronic and pneumatic safety interlock systems, delay circuits, and motor circuits are designed and implemented. Lab projects allow students to experience a variety of design solutions and trouble-shoot electronic control systems.