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.

2020W, VU, 4.0h, 6.0EC


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

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

in the winter term 2020/21 the lectures will be held online via ZOOM.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Wednesday lecture starts online at 11:05 h in Zoom
Thursday lecture starts online at 11:05 h in Zoom

The first lecture will take place online  on 7. October 2020.

Virtual lecture room:
ZOOM LINK:              https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/99442610562?pwd=T2ZwV21tWFFXV3Q1T2tHYy9OUHFxUT09
ZOOM Meeting-ID:   994 4261 0562
ZOOM Passwort:      MechTron20

Computation exercise (mandatory)
For the successful completion of the computation exercises, a positive result is required for at least three of the four exercises. All the four exercises have to be submitted in any cases (even if the first three are passed already).  Computation exercises must be submitted in the form of a PDF file by email to both Shingo Ito (ito@acin.tuwien.ac.at) and Andras Galffy (galffy@acin.tuwien.ac.at) by the following deadlines:

  • Computation exercise 1: at 4PM on 11.11.2020
  • Computation exercise 2: at 4PM on 25.11.2020
  • Computation exercise 3: at 4PM on 22.12.2020
  • Computation exercise 4: at 4PM on 20.01.2021

CAX exercise (mandatory)

The registration to the CAX exercises (group registration) will open in TISS after the lecture on 21.10.2020.

  • Location: Internet room FH1, Freihaus
  • The exercise starts at 9 am on the following dates
  • Group 1: 27.10.2020 and 28.10.2020
  • Group 2: 03.11.2020 and 04.11.2020
  • Group 3 (if necessary): 09.11.2020 and 10.11.2020




Course dates

Wed11:00 - 13:0007.10.2020 - 27.01.2021 ZOOM meeting (LIVE)VO
Thu11:00 - 13:0008.10.2020 - 21.01.2021 ZOOM meeting (LIVE)VO
Mechatronic Systems - Single appointments
Wed07.10.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Thu08.10.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Wed14.10.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Thu15.10.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Wed21.10.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Thu22.10.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Wed28.10.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Thu29.10.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Wed04.11.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Thu05.11.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Wed11.11.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Thu12.11.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Wed18.11.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Thu19.11.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Wed25.11.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Thu26.11.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Wed02.12.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Thu03.12.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Wed09.12.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO
Thu10.12.202011:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingVO

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.

Board examination

Board examinations (4th and 5th exam attempt) will be held on the following dates:

  • 11.10.2021 from 09-12 am
  • 26.11.2021 from 09-12 am
  • 14.01.2022 from 09-12 am
  • 17.03.2022 from 09-12 am
  • 25.04.2022 from 09-12 am
  • 24.06.2022 from 09-12 am

Registration for board examinations is not possible in TISS. For this purpose, please contact us at least two weeks before the examination date by email to mechatronics376050@acin.tuwien.ac.at


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Fri - 08.10.2021assessed17.09.2021 09:00 - 01.10.2021 09:00TISSMechatronische Systeme - Online
Mon - 08.11.2021assessed18.10.2021 09:00 - 01.11.2021 09:00TISSMechatronische Systeme - Online
Thu - 27.01.2022assessed06.01.2022 09:00 - 20.01.2022 09:00TISSMechatronische Systeme - Online (only for Erasmus students)
Mon - 31.01.2022assessed10.01.2022 09:00 - 24.01.2022 09:00TISSMechatronische Systeme - Online

Course registration

Use Group Registration to register.

Group Registration

GroupRegistration FromTo
CAx Gruppe 1 (27.-28.10.)21.10.2020 13:0025.10.2020 18:00
CAx Gruppe 2 (04.-05.11.)03.11.2020 15:3004.11.2020 06:00
CAx Gruppe 3 (09.-10.11.)03.11.2020 15:3006.11.2020 18:00



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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