Course Description

Historical context, key terminology and general description of electromechanical transducers based on power and energy considerations are introduced in the beginning. Crucial concept of circuit-based modelling and energy-based formulation for electromechanical interactions are presented in continuation. Application of these concepts to capacitive transducers is explained in detail and illustrated by practical examples, as well. Afterwards, basics of lumped parameter modeling of magnetic transducers is explained. Special attention is given to permanent magnet transducers. All concepts are illustrated by practical examples. In the second part of the term, gained knowledge is applied in practical application through project and team oriented lab work.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the structure of an electromechanical system
  2. Explain complexity of devices for electromechanical energy conversion
  3. Apply fundamental principles of Newtonian mechanics to simple systems
  4. Analyze simple systems by Lagrangean and Hamilton equations of motion
  5. Prepare a circuit-based model of an electromechanical system
  6. Analyze functioning of electromechanical devices
  7. Assess a concept of an electromechanical device

Forms of Teaching


Compacted lecturing in first part of the term

Seminars and workshops

project and team work


project and team work

Work with mentor

support in team work

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Seminar/Project 0 % 45 % 0 % 45 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 35 % 0 %
Final Exam: Oral 20 %
Exam: Written 0 % 35 %
Exam: Oral 20 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Classification of electromechanical interactions
  2. Network representation of electromechanical interactions
  3. Lossless electromechanical coupling
  4. Coenergy – an alternate energy function
  5. Basic capacitive transducer types
  6. Rotational transducers
  7. Practical devices
  8. Midterm exam
  9. Basic inductive transducer geometries
  10. Rotational magnetic transducers
  11. Permanent magnet transducers
  12. Practical devices
  13. Linearised transducers
  14. Circuit models, Stability considerations
  15. Final exam

Study Programmes

University undergraduate
[FER3-EN] Computing - study
Elective Courses (6. semester)
[FER3-EN] Electrical Engineering and Information Technology - study
Elective Courses (6. semester)


Z. Haznadar, Ž. Štih (1997.), Elektromagnetizam 1, Školska knjiga Zagreb
D. Horvat (2005.), Fizika 1: Mehanika i toplina, Hinus
S. Berberović (1998.), Teorijska elektrotehnika – odabrani primjeri, Graphis Zagreb
H.H. Woodson, J.R. Melcher (1968.), Electromechanical Dynamics, John Wiley & Sons
L.J. Kamm (1996.), Understanding Electro-Mechanical Engineering, IEEE Press
S.E. Lyshevski (2001.), Nano- and Microelectromechanical systems, CRC Press

For students


ID 223345
  Summer semester
L3 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lectures
0 Seminar
0 Exercises
12 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

86 Excellent
74 Very Good
62 Good
50 Acceptable