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Mechatronic Systems – Actuators (VO)

level of course unit

second cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

• understand how mechatronic systems are made and different approaches to these systems
• understand the principles and functioning of regulation and control
• understand the fundamentals of different types of actuators and are able to select actuators and control them

prerequisites and co-requisites

according to admission requirements

course contents

• Introduction to mechatronics.
• Technical systems (function, structure, properties)
• Mechatronic systems (modelling, time/image area, state space)
• Construction and functioning of actuators (e.g. electromechanical, piezo-electric, fluid-mechanical, thermo-mechanical actuators)
• Microactuators and smart actuators
• Controlling actuators
• Properties of actuators (e.g. behavior, reliability, energy consumption, etc.)
• Principles, construction and properties of regulation and controlling.

recommended or required reading

• Czichos (2008): Mechatronik: Grundlagen und Anwendungen technischer Systeme, 2. Aufl., Vieweg+Teubner
• Heimann, Albert, Ortner, Rissing (2015): Mechatronik: Komponenten – Methoden - Beispiele, 4. Aufl., Carl Hanser
• Madou (2002): Fundamentals of Microfabrication: The Science of Miniaturization, CRC Press
• Schwesinger, Dehne, Adler (2008): Lehrbuch Mikrosystemtechnik: Anwendungen, Grundlagen, Materialien und Herstellung von Mikrosystemen, De Gruyter Oldenbourg

assessment methods and criteria


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number of ECTS credits allocated


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semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Director of Studies

year of study

1. study year

recommended optional program components

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work placement(s)

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