The course introduces the student to the design issues involved with the special machinery widely used in the manufacturing industry.
In particular, knowledge, methodologies for choosing, analysing and synthesizing the most commonly used mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and electric actuators for automation systems are covered.
Design of an automated machine:
Introduction to the automation issues of a production process, why automation is necessary, the steps required for designing and developing an automated machine and the classification of automated machine
Design of movement:
The classification of movements, definition of motion curves for automation and proprieties of the acceleration diagram, principal requirements and optimisation of a motion curve.
Outlines of mechanical actuation systems:
The classification of the mechanical actuation systems, movement transmission and overview of the principal devices used.
Outlines of fluid power actuation systems:
The introduction of fluid power systems, classification and overview of the most commonly used devices
Outlines of electromagnetic actuation systems:
overview of the principal devices used in the automation field and introduction to the methodologies of sizing asynchronous and brushless motors.
Outlines of unconventional Actuators.
Lessons are combined with practical exercises in the IT classroom with the object of analysing and synthesising the systems being studied.
Lectures and practical exercises
• Actuators: Basics and Applications, Editors: Janocha, Hartmut (Ed.), ISBN 978-3-662-05587-8
• Design of Automatic Machinery, Stephen J. Derby, ISBN 9781420030846
• Design and Analysis of Mechanisms: A Planar Approach, Michael J. Rider, ISBN: 978-1-119-05433-7
The exam is conducted by way of an oral test. Attendance at lectures and practice is not mandatory. A report on application laboratories is not compulsory