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Jan-May 2017
ASSIGNMENT AA03 (Batch A – Instructor: Sathyan)

Due Date: In class, 04 March, 2017

• Unless otherwise stated, all parts of your submissions must be hand-written, in your own hand-
writing and in your own words (don’t cut and paste), in blank A4 sheets; use of word-processing
apps not allowed.
• Any models etc. developed should be your own, and not downloaded from some source and
• Any images/pictures must also be hand-drawn or photos taken by your group.
• Number the pages and staple the sheets together – do not submit loose sheets.
• One submission per group – each group member must contribute equally to this submission effort
– all ‘n’ handwritings should be legible in the submission. Group members must meet, discuss
together and prepare the assignment submission.
• Do not exceed two sides of FOUR A4 pages in your submission
(‘n’ = number of members in your group)

1. Touch screen sensing

a. Search the internet and discuss how capacitive measurements are used in touch-
screen devices like your smartphone. Draw your own schematic, and explain in
your own words, to explain the working principles.
b. Explain how the coordinates of the touch-point are determined – use your own
schematic diagrams, equations and calculations.
c. Submit 1a and 1b as handwritten submission.

2. MATLAB Simscape
a. MATLAB Simscape provides libraries of components covering more than ten
different physical domains. Basic elements are provided in each domain, such as
mechanical springs, electrical resistors, hydraulic orifices, pneumatic chambers,
and fluid reservoirs. You can combine these elements to model more complex
components such as electric motors, hydraulic valves, and other components
that span multiple physical domains. Learn about the modeling capabilities in
Simscape – make use of the tutorials in Matlab website
b. Using Simscape (only) model charge-measurement using an operational
amplifier circuit. The model output should be charge vs voltage.
c. Using Simscape (only), simulate deflection measurement of a cantilever using a
strain gauge. A Wheatstone bridge needs to be used and modeled for signal
conditioning for the strain gauge output. Also, model and compensate for
ambient temperature variations. The model should generate an output graph of
beam deflection as a function of bridge voltage – show this output with and
without temperature compensation.
d. For 2b and 2c submission – print out the schematic of the model you have
developed, output graph that your model generated, and explain how you
modeled this, in your own words and handwriting.