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General Certificate of Education
Advanced Level Examination
June 2012

Design and Technology:
Systems and Control Technology
Unit 3

SYST3

Design and Manufacture

Wednesday 13 June 2012

1.30 pm to 3.30 pm

For this paper you must have:
 an AQA 12-page unlined answer book
 normal writing and drawing instruments.

Time allowed
 2 hours
Instructions
 Use black ink or black ball-point pen. Use pencil and coloured pencils only for drawing.
 Write the information required on the front of your answer book. The Examining Body for this
paper is AQA. The Paper Reference is SYST3.
 Answer three questions.
 Answer one question from each of Sections 1 and 2, and one other question from either section.
 If you choose to answer a question which has several parts, you should answer all parts of this
question.
 Do all rough work in your answer book. Cross through any work you do not want to be marked.
Information
 The marks for questions are shown in brackets.
 The maximum mark for this paper is 84.
 There are 28 marks for each question.
 You will be marked on your ability to:
– use good English
– organise information clearly
– use specialist vocabulary where appropriate.
Advice
 Illustrate your answers with sketches and/or diagrams wherever you feel it is appropriate.

M/Jun12/SYST3

SYST3

2
Answer three questions.
Answer one question from each of Sections 1 and 2 and one other question from either section.
For each question you answer, you should answer all parts of that question.

Section 1

Question 1 Answer all parts of this question
0

1

Control and movement may be achieved by electrical, mechanical or pneumatic systems.
Compare the advantages and limitations of each system, giving an example of where
each might be used.
(3 × 8 marks)

0

2

Explain the advantages of a closed loop control system for ensuring accuracy in
manufacturing situations.
(4 marks)

Question 2
0

3

With the aid of annotated sketches, explain in detail the operation of four different
systems/devices that require a high level of frictional force for their operation. Your
answers should clearly indicate how this high frictional force is achieved and why it is
necessary.
(4 × 7 marks)

Question 3 Answer all parts of this question
0

4

Sketch and describe the operation of two different systems for converting rotary motion
into reciprocating motion. Name a suitable application for each.
(2 × 6 marks)

0

5

Sketch and describe the operation of two different systems for transferring rotary motion
between perpendicular rotating shafts. Name a suitable application for each.
(2 × 5 marks)

0

6

Give two reasons why mechanisms are not 100% efficient and suggest how the
efficiency might be improved.
(2 × 3 marks)

M/Jun12/SYST3

3
Section 2

Question 4 Answer all parts of this question
0

7

With the aid of sketches, describe in detail a method of converting the energy from the
wind into electrical power. Your answer should clearly show the energy conversions that
take place.
(10 marks)

0

8

With the aid of sketches, describe in detail a method of converting the energy from
tidal rise and fall into electrical power. Your answer should clearly show the energy
conversions that take place.
(10 marks)

0

9

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using fossil fuels as a method of
producing electrical energy in the UK.
(8 marks)

Question 5 Answer all parts of this question
1

0

With the aid of an annotated sketch, describe how a double acting cylinder could be
made to extend slowly when a light beam has been broken and retract quickly when the
light beam is reinstated.
(16 marks)

1

1

With the aid of a diagram, show a system that could automatically count and display the
number of revolutions of a shaft in one minute.
(12 marks)

Question 6
1

2

With the aid of annotated sketches and reference to specific examples/situations,
describe in detail four different systems for transferring and amplifying the following:





speed of rotation
torsional force
linear distance moved
linear force.

In each case you should state the limitations of the system chosen.

END OF QUESTIONS

M/Jun12/SYST3

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