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CORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
INSTITIÚID TEICNEOLAÍOCHTA CHORCAÍ
Semester 1 Examinations 2007/08
Module Title: Mechatronics I
Module Code: MECH 6017
School: Mechanical and Process Engineering
Programme Title: Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering – Year 1
Programme Code: EMECH_7_Y1
External Examiner(s): Mr. Alan Bateman
Dr. Patrick Delassus
Internal Examiner(s): Mr. Sean Williams
Instructions: Candidates are required to answer three from four questions in the
Duration: 2 Hours
Sitting: Winter 2007
Requirements for this examination:
Note to Candidates: Please check the Programme Title and the Module Title to ensure that you are
attempting the correct examination paper.
If in doubt please contact an Invigilator.
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a) List the disadvantages associated with pneumatics.
b) Draw a pneumatic circuit diagram which illustrates the correct method of
c) Explain the function undertaken by each pneumatic component illustrated in the
circuit drawn for part (b).
d) Show with the aid of diagrams how the following valves function:
1. Quick Exhaust valve
2. Pressure relief valve
a) State the rules associated with constructing cascading circuits.
b) Design and draw an appropriate circuit diagram which illustrates the following
Use correct pneumatic symbols and associated notation in your solution.
c) A problem has arisen in the sequence above. The first stage of cylinder movement
(A+) takes place, but stage two (B+) does not. List possible problems and suggest
a solution for each problem identified.
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a) Explain the term “pilot operated signal”.
b) Sketch the cross section of a single acting spring return cylinder.
c) From the diagram in part (c) identify the types of seals found and highlight their
d) Calculate the volume of air consumed by a single acting cylinder which has a
stroke length of 60mm and a piston diameter of 25mm. Gauge pressure
associated with the pneumatic circuit is 1.5 bar and the cylinder operates at 10
cycles per minute.
a) Draw the following pneumatic symbols in accordance with British Standards
i. Double Acting Cylinder with single adjustable cushioning
ii. 5/2 Directional Control Valve
iii. Throttle valve and non-return valve
(b) List safety procedures associated with pneumatic systems.
(c) Draw a circuit based upon the logic “OR” valve (shuttle valve), also show the
approriate truth table.
d) Explain the difference between sequential and cascading in relation to multi-
cylinder pneumatic circuit design.