ME 780 Precision Control Systems, Spring 2018
University of Waterloo, Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering



Course Instructor: Kaan Erkorkmaz (EC4-1013)
Teaching Assistant: Hessam Kalbasi (EC4-1012D) Office hour: Tuesdays, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Lecture Hours: Tue: 2:30 pm - 3:50 pm   EC4-1104
Thu: 2:30 pm - 3:50 pm   EC4-1104
Laboratory: Chuch Lab (E3X-3164), lab times TBD
Makeup Lecture Hours: Friday: May 11, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tuesday: May 15, 22, 29, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Thursday: May 17, 24, 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: June 5, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Thursday: June 7, 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Course Outline:


This course aims to provide a basic understanding of the mechatronic design, analysis, modeling, trajectory planning, parameter identification, and controller design techniques for precision machines, such as machine tools and electronic/optical manufacturing equipment. The theoretical content is complemented by hands-on laboratory projects which are to be conducted on an experimental feed drive. Students are also expected to give a presentation, at the end of the term, about their independent study of a special topic related to dynamics, modeling, controls, or mechatronic design. For research students, this seminar can be a part of their thesis work.

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Prerequisites: Successful completion of introductory automatic control and numerical analysis courses. Also, familiarity with MATLAB programming and preferably some knowledge in discrete-time or state-space modeling.

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