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.

2021W, 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 2021/22 the lectures will be held online in an inverse classroom approach (details are given in the Syllabus-document at the download section in TISS) via ZOOM. Recorded lectures for self-study (online-links are given in the Syllabus-document) and disucssion of questions and open points in ZOOM-meetings (dates are given in the Syllabus). The lecture slides are in parallel available for download in TISS. Detailed explanations are also given in the book The Design of High Performance Mechatronics (see literature section below).

Mode of examination


Additional information

Distance Learning

  • Due to the measures against Corona-Virus SARS-CoV-2, the lecture "Mechatronic Systems" takes place in Distance-Learning this semester. More details about the measures are given at https://tuwien.at/corona
  • The platform for providing documents and information is TUWEL.
  • Make sure to register in TISS for this course, in order to get access to TUWEL, to obtain all the necessary information in time.
  • A description to lecture, exercises, grading and exam is going to be published Wednesday, 6. Oktober 2021 latest on TUWEL. This document will be sent to everyone registered for the lecture.
  • The exercises begin on 14. october 2021, more information is following soon.
  • The meetings are starting at 11 AM. The link will be activated around 15 minutes beforehand. Please make sure to test your access to the meeting in order to participate in time.


Virtual lecture room:
ZOOM LINK:              https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/91693889410?pwd=aiszVmNYQ2hsK2JZOXdyaUQ0eElyQT09
ZOOM Meeting-ID:   916 9388 9410
ZOOM Passwort:      MechTron21

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 uploading it to TUWEL. The deadlines are:

  • Computation exercise 1: at 06PM on 10.11.2021
  • Computation exercise 2: at 06PM on 24.11.2021
  • Computation exercise 3: at 06PM on 22.12.2021
  • Computation exercise 4: at 06PM on 25.01.2022

CAX exercise (mandatory)

For successful completion at least 50% of the total points have to be reached. The files corresponding files have to be uploaded to TUWEL for submission. The deadline is:

  • CAx exercise: 06PM, 05.11.2021



Course dates

Thu11:00 - 13:0014.10.2021 - 27.01.2022 ZOOM meetingVO
Thu11:00 - 13:0023.12.2021 ZOOM Meeting (LIVE)Discussion CE 3, Assignment CE 4 and Q&A Lectures 12-15
Mechatronic Systems - Single appointments
Thu14.10.202111:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingAssignment CE 1 and Q&A Lectures 1-2
Thu21.10.202111:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingAssignment CAx and Q&A Lectures 3-5
Thu11.11.202111:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingDiscussion CE 1, Assignment CE 2 and Q&A Lectures 6-7
Thu25.11.202111:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingDiscussion CE 2, Assignment CE 3 and Q&A Lectures 8-11
Thu23.12.202111:00 - 13:00 ZOOM MeetingDiscussion CE 3, Assignment CE 4 and Q&A Lectures 12-15
Thu27.01.202211:00 - 13:00 ZOOM meetingDiscussion CE 4 and Q&A Lectures 16-19

Examination modalities

This course has an immanent examination character, beginning with the registration for the lab excercises (computational exercises and CAx exercises) in TUWEL.
The successful completion of the CAx exercise 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 exercise 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.

Oral examinations

As of 1. October 2021, the oral examinations will take place at the institute (ACIN) in person.
The corona measures issued by the university (https://www.tuwien.at/en/tu-wien/corona) have to be respected, in order to take part in the exam.
A confirmation of the personal corona status (e.g. 3G-rule, confirmation of vaccination, recovery or a negative corona test) is necessary.
In time periods when exams in person at the institute are not allowed due to regulations from the government or TU Wien, the oral exams will be taken online via ZOOM.

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
Fri09:00 - 11:3024.06.2022 Office Prof. Schitter CA0421oral03.06.2022 09:00 - 17.06.2022 09:00TISSMechatronische Systeme

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
04.10.2021 13:00 15.10.2021 19:00 15.10.2021 19:00

Registration modalities

Please register for the course in TISS.



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 (900 pages) can be purchased for a discounted student price of €45 (standard price is €180) at the secretary office of Mrs. Grabensteiner at ACIN.

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

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