Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Optimal Design of Mechatronic Systems: Robots and Interactive Structures

ME 59700 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

This course will introduce the fundamentals of transformation of knowledge from art/design to engineering/technology applications. Different variant forms of free form design, in relation to various structural topologies common in engineering and technology applications and related optimization techniques will be discussed. This course will utilize the epistemology of studio practice implicit in the artistic process in order to acquire embodied knowledge. Reasoning innovative process can be taught through the crafting of mechanical structures while experiencing bodily interactions with the nature of materials and tools. Thus, this course introduces a range of design principles and critical studio practice methodologies while working with a range of variable materials and aims to help students grow in their creative thinking. It will integrate mechatronic modeling / simulation, optimal design, and hands-on fabrication of robotic systems (sensors, actuators, electric circuits, and embedded controllers) and interactive structures in a makerspace environment.



Required Hardware: Arduino start kit

After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Apply arts knowledge to redefine problem;
  • Collaborate to identify constraints and obstacles;
  • Apply variable design approach through critical thinking;
  • Develop multiple designs to solve problem;
  • Apply model based optimization principles to improve design;
  • Build the system using 3D printing, microcontroller, actuators, and sensors;
  • Analyze and evaluate system functions for the design(s).
  • Identify novelty in the developed system.
  • Write a report, research article, and / or invention disclosure.
  • Mechatronic System Fundamentals
  • Optimal control theory
  • Lagrangian Mechanics
  • Simulink Modeling Tools
  • 3D modeling of art forms
  • Design optimization
  • Design optimization of walking robots
  • Robotics and artificial intelligence