376.050 Mechatronic Systems
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019W, VU, 4.0h, 6.0EC


  • Semester hours: 4.0
  • Credits: 6.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand the basic principles and basics of system integration of mechatronic systems.

This includes system dynamics and the physical working principles of mechatronic components and subsystems, since they are used as high-tech automation solutions in modern mechatronic systems.

In the lecture, a comprehensive approach and related system concepts are presented for technical analysis and the evaluation of existing mechatronic systems, as well as the design and selection of optimal components and working principles.

In the corresponding lab course, the theoretical principles are applied to real systems. Students build up mechatronic systems and analyze/change their dynamic behavior.

Subject of course

Analysis and synthesis of mechatronic systems, including system integration and design.
Systems Engineering, CAD, dynamic of positioning systems and their design (system design), compliance, transmissibility, damping in precision positioning, zero-stiffness actuation, Lorentz actuator, reluctance actuator, linear motor, dual stage actuation, piezo actuators, analog electronics, power electronics, Servo problems, real-time systems (hardware / software), DSP, FPAA, FPGA, regulation and control of mechatronic systems, Iterative Learning Control, system integration (including controllability, observability), measurement technology in mechatronics, Abbe principle , resolution, precision, accuracy, A/D -D/A conversion, quantization, sampling, signal processing, sensors in mechatronics, strain gauges, light lever, encoders, interferometers, vibrometer, LVDT, capacitive sensors, ultrasonic sensors, accelerometers (MEMS based and geophones), measurement amplifiers, optical metrology, speckle metrology, smart cameras, system integration, examples of complex mechatronic systems of high technology, adaptive optics, scanning probe microscopy, nano-lithography systems (wafer scanners)

Teaching methods

introduction to finite element simulation

computational exercises as home-work assignments for deepening the lecture content


Mode of examination


Additional information

Wednesday lecture starts at 11:05 h in lecture room Ei2.
Thursday lecture starts at 11:05 h in lecture room Ei10.

Computation exercise (mandatory)
For the successful completion of the computation exercises, a positive result is required for at least three of the four exercises. In any case all four exercises have to be submitted (even if the first three are passed already).  Computation exercises must be submitted to the office in CA0421 by the following days:

  • Computation exercise 1: 13.11.2019
  • Computation exercise 2: 27.11.2019
  • Computation exercise 3: 18.12.2019
  • Computation exercise 4: 14.01.2020

CAX exercise (mandatory)

The registration to the CAX exercises will take place on 16.10.2019 right after the lecture.

  • Location: Internet room FH1, Freihaus
  • The exercise starts at 9 am on the following dates
  • Group 1: 28.10.2019 and 29.10.2019
  • Group 2: 04.11.2019 and 05.11.2019
  • Group 3 (if necessary): 21.10.2019 and 22.10.2019




Course dates

Wed11:00 - 13:0002.10.2019 - 22.01.2020EI 2 Pichelmayer HS VO
Thu11:00 - 13:0003.10.2019 - 23.01.2020EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS VO
Mechatronic Systems - Single appointments
Wed02.10.201911:00 - 13:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS VO
Thu03.10.201911:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS VO
Wed09.10.201911:00 - 13:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS VO
Thu10.10.201911:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS VO
Wed16.10.201911:00 - 13:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS VO
Thu17.10.201911:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS VO
Wed23.10.201911:00 - 13:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS VO
Thu24.10.201911:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS VO
Wed30.10.201911:00 - 13:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS VO
Thu31.10.201911:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS VO
Wed06.11.201911:00 - 13:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS VO
Thu07.11.201911:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS VO
Wed13.11.201911:00 - 13:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS VO
Thu14.11.201911:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS VO
Wed20.11.201911:00 - 13:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS VO
Thu21.11.201911:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS VO
Wed27.11.201911:00 - 13:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS VO
Thu28.11.201911:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS VO
Wed04.12.201911:00 - 13:00EI 2 Pichelmayer HS VO
Thu05.12.201911:00 - 13:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS VO

Examination modalities

This course has an immanent examination character, beginning with the registration for the lab excercises in CAX.
The successful completion of the CAX-laboratory and the computational exercises during the course is a prerequisite for admission to the final oral exam - if this prerequisite is not fulfilled a negative grade has to be given for the entire course.

If the prerequisite for the orgal exam is given (successful completion of the CAX-lab and of the  computational excercises) it will persist also beyond the respective course run, i.e. you can also do the oral exam at a later stage and you do NOT HAVE TO take the exam within 1 year of the respective course run.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
16.10.2019 11:00 16.10.2019 13:00 16.10.2019 13:00

Registration modalities:

The lists for the registration to the CAx laboratory course will be delivered during the lecture of October 16th. Students who are not able to be present to the lecture are pleased to notify it in advance, by writing an e-mail to schwaer@acin.tuwien.ac.at



This course is based on the book:
The Design of High Performance Mechatronics: High-Tech Functionality by Multidisciplinary System Integration, 2nd revised edition,
R. Munnig Schmidt, G. Schitter, J. Van Eijk,
Delft University Press, ISBN 978-1-61499-367-4 (2014)

The book can be purchased for a discounted student price at the secretary office of Mrs. Grabensteiner at ACIN.

A List with Errata for the book can be found at:

Continuative courses


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