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Introduction to the Ray Tracing Simulation Technique

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Introduction to the Ray Tracing Simulation Technique
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2012
Module code: MST.RAY
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
P211-0218, P231-0116
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
2V+2U (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: according to optional course list
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:
Project work

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

MST.RAY (P211-0218, P231-0116) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2012 , optional course, technical
MST.RAY (P211-0218, P231-0116) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019 , optional course, technical
MST.RAY (P211-0218, P231-0116) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020 , optional course, technical
MST.RAY (P211-0218, P231-0116) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2011 , optional course, technical

Suitable for exchange students (learning agreement)
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
MST.FWF Precision Manufacturing

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Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Barbara Hippauf
Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Barbara Hippauf

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Learning outcomes:
First, students will construct an optical model. The model will consist of a lens system, detectors, lighting, a casing and a surface (that will later be lighted).
Students will have to determine the tolerance limits for the alignment of the sensors, the lenses, the microscope slide and the illumination when constructing the model.
After creating the model, the methods and concepts of ray tracing simulations will be presented.
-Application of the ray tracing simulation to the model created by the students
-Evaluation and discussion of the results regarding radiation density, lost rays, and detected rays
-Optimization of the model
-Comparison of the real system with the simulation results
After successfully completing the course, students will have developed a "feeling" for the feasibility of a model and the dimensioning of important optical parameters. They will be able to distinguish between superfluous and necessary changes for the optimization and implementation of a simulation model.

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Module content:
- Introduction to the construction of simple optical components, lenses, objectives, lighting, detectors and casings
- Modelling and optimization of a given optical system consisting of a light source, lenses, various objects (mirrors, components, etc.) and a photo sensor
- Introduction to the ray tracing simulation: Definition of light sources, determination of the number of source beams and optimization of simulation parameters
-Comparison of the real system with the simulated system
- Evaluation of the simulation results based on photometric parameters (optical flux density, radiant power, solid angle, etc.)
- Optimization of the simulated model based on the evaluation and analysis of detected and lost rays.
- Introduction to methods for describing surfaces
- Important practical tips for simplifying modeling
- Methods

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Teaching methods/Media:
Lecture in PC room, exercises and application of the simulation directly on the PC.

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Recommended or required reading:
Script, exercise sheets, project tasks

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