Robot Drive Systems

This module covers work, energy, power and torque, and presents an introduction to gears and linkages and direct drive systems.  The student will learn the principles of electric drives and fluid power and their application in industrial robotic systems.  Hydraulic and pneumatic drives are also presented with an emphasis on practical applications and troubleshooting.  In addition, this module also covers the basics of gears in power transmission and presents an overview of direct drive systems and drive system efficiency.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module the student will be able to:

  • Name the three basic robot drive systems
  • Differentiate between direct and indirect drives
  • Define kinetic energy and potential energy
  • List five advantages of electrical drive systems
  • Describe the two most common types of electric motor drives
  • Identify the five components in a fluid power system
  • Name three types of fluid power actuators
  • Compare the advantages of hydraulic and fluid power drives
  • Explain the purpose of a hydraulic rotary actuator
  • Describe the operation of a pneumatic diaphragm control valve
  • List four purposes of gears in power transmission
  • State Grashof's law
  • Determine the efficiency of a drive system