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Course module: 202000024
Project & Acad. Skills 4: Technology for Healthcare
Course infoSchedule
Course module202000024
Credits (ECTS)10.5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. V. Kalpathy Venkiteswaran
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I. Braadbaart
M.B. Fonseca Lima
dr. P. Ghafoorpoor Yazdi
Contactperson for the course
dr. V. Kalpathy Venkiteswaran
dr. V. Kalpathy Venkiteswaran
Academic year2022
Starting block
RemarksPart of Semester 4 B-ME (UT-VU)
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
  • Design and execute experiments to obtain an empirical frequency response for an electro-mechanical system and then identify a model to be used for controller design.
  • Design a PID-type controller (in combination with feedforward) for a given system in a way to achieve desired (tracking) performance and (stability) robustness specifications.
  • (Re-)Design the ingredients of a control system by evaluating its performance with the help of computer simulation tools.
  • Discretize and implement a PID-type controller and (re-)tune it based on an evaluation of the experimental results with the actual system.
  • Design and execute performance verification tests for a mechatronic system prototype.
  • Reflect on a particular mechatronic system development experience and identify points of improvement in terms of design as well as its realization process.
  • Create concept of a flexible component based on given stiffness requirements and displacement constraints
  • Develop a prototype of a given conceptual design using rapid prototyping techniques
  • Evaluate a prototype using experimental or simulation to assess its performance
  • Justify design choices for final design under acceptable mechanical engineering standards
  • Break down the components, organization, and behavior of a manufacturing system for a customized product
  • Evaluate the influence of production strategy, and distinct production steps, of a manufacturing system for a customized product
  • Design the production steps, planning, and control of a manufacturing system for a customized product.
  • Validate the performance of the designed manufacturing system.
  • able to execute a patent research to a product idea for (parts of) a product design
  • able to formulate a research question, find (scientific) sources and judge (scientific) sources on reliability and usefullness
  • explain the impact from mechanical engineering on society with clear example
  • clearly explain what his qualities and interests are and is able to make a well-considered choice for the minor programme.
  • explain the impact from mechanical engineering on society with clear example
  • clearly explain what his qualities and interests are and is able to make a well-considered choice for the minor programme.

This is a part of Semester 4 of the Bachelor Mechanical Engineering (UT-VU) See here for the compete description of this semester.

Project 4: Technology for Healthcare
This project will pivot around the design, analysis, testing, and production of a prosthetic device of a human joint. Furthermore, several academic & professional skills complement it, as detailed below.
In Block 10, the focus will be on the control of a critical step in the production process.
Block 11 will focus on the design and analysis of a prosthetic medical device for joint replacement.
In Block 12, the attention will be on upscaling towards personalized production of the prosthetic device.
Details Project (Block 10)
This project is on the design of a mechatronic system by combining the theory from the courses on system and control and dynamics. A mechatronic system consists of a major mechanical subsystem, sensors, actuators and a controller to realise a controlled mechanical motion. An integrated approach is used to design the structural dynamics and the controller to achieve a set of given requirements. The design of the mechanics and control are validated by simulation and experimentally.  Many contemporary mechanical systems have controls to enhance their functionality, in particular, the smart devices and precision mechanisms realised by the Dutch high-tech industry. This underlines the importance of the ability to design a mechatronic system for a mechanical engineer. The project builds on the knowledge of dynamics and systems and control from the respective courses and concludes the basis in these fields in the Bachelor programme.
Details Project (Block 11)

A prosthetic device for the replacement of a human joint (e.g., knee, hip, finger), will be designed and implemented using the finite-element method (FEM), with special attention to shape, loading conditions, and choice of materials. Owing to the intrinsic variability in the target group (e.g., characteristics of patients requiring the prosthesis) and in the product itself (e.g. prosthesis failure), a general aim of the project will be to create awareness of these sources of variability and to account for them properly in the design using suitable statistical methods.
Details Project (Block 12)
In this project, you will design the smart factories of the future for the product design of Block 11. Smart factories employ state of the art technologies (vision, AR/VR, robotics, 3D printing, Digital Twins, RT simulation) to efficiently produce small series of highly complex products.
During this project, project teams will design the facilities for manufacturing and assembly of a personalized prosthetic device that was designed during Block 11. The aim of the project is to develop an automated assembly operation on the shop floor of a smart factory that involves the use of state-of-the-art technologies in manufacturing, often referred to as Industry 4.0 or Smart Industry.
Hereby, software for modelling assembly with industrial robots will be used to make simulations of individual production steps with advanced robotics, and Plant software for modelling systems and processes will be used to simulate the shop floor. For the project, students should consider what parts to manufacture, what raw materials and procured goods to procure, and how to decompose and connect all required production steps. Since students are asked to conceptualize a Smart Factory, the facility should be designed for the future, with a high degree of automation in mind.
The effect that the design decisions are expected to have on the performance of the manufacturing system and on maintenance should be evaluated and aligned with the production strategy by the group. To acquire the necessary knowledge for this purpose, students will apply their prior knowledge from the preceding manufacturing courses, in particular, Smart Industry from Block 11. In addition, students will be lectured in Systems Engineering, a supporting course of the project.
Academic Skills 4

During the project, the students need to make choices based on design limitations, results from measurements, (governmental) regulations and ethics. Each student need to be able to defend the choices and discuss the relevance and validity both in front of experts (project staff and peers) and in a written report. The ability to defend and discuss choices orally will be assessed by the project staff during the project presentations by means of a rubric/checklist that will be designed by the academic skills team. The resulting grade will be part of the project grade. If a grade for reasoning is below 5.5, the academic skills team will take care of a resit.
As the project involves the design of a medical device, the impact of the design on society will be highly valued. Therefore, the students need to be able to point out the ethical aspects related to their design. Furthermore, there are a lot of regulations and procedures that are relevant for the design of a medical device. The students need to search for these regulations by themselves and consider these during the design of the product and production process. Both the ethical and regulatory aspects and choices need to be included in a report that will be assessed by the ethics and/or project staff. The report will be assessed with a grade that will be part of the project grade.
During the semester, there will be a meeting about the possible master tracks students can choose. The students will be prepared to choose for a minor. In the end of the semester, all of the students need to be able to explain their choice for a minor programme with the student advisor. The student advisor will give a pass/fail for the academic skills course.

Please note: This course takes place in Amsterdam and is only accessible for BSc UT-VU ME students.

Participating study
Bachelor Mechanical Engineering-VU
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