Fundamentals of Mechatronics

Course Description

Synergistic integration of technical mechanics, electronics, computer engineering, and information technology. Demands on mechatronics components. Modeling of mechanical components for mechatronic applications, kinematics, and dynamics equations of motion. Block structure of the microcomputer control unit with process I/O interface. Data acquisition, conversion, and exchange between process and control unit. Translational and rotational electromechanical systems integration as an example of mechatronic system design. CAD tools application for modeling, control algorithms synthesis, simulation, and real-time control.

Learning Outcomes

  1. define mechatronic system.
  2. explain holonomic and non-holonomic constraints in mechanical systems
  3. apply Lagrange formalism to mechanical system modeling.
  4. apply the bond graph method for modeling of mechatronic systems.
  5. explain the criteria for selection of the components in mechatronic systems
  6. apply PID control algorithm to the electromechanical system.

Forms of Teaching


Lectures are organized through 13 weeks with a weekly load of 3 hours


Laboratory exams are organized through 6 weeks (3 hours per week)

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Basic properties of a mechatronic system, Integration in mechatronic systems, Examples of mechatronic systems
  2. Newtonian mechanics
  3. Holonomic constraints in mechanical systems, Nonholonomic constraints in mechanical systems
  4. Lagrangian Equation
  5. Bond graphs, Analogies in mechatronic systems
  6. Modern software tools in modeling and simulation of mechatronic systems
  7. Electrical actuators
  8. Midterm exam
  9. Electrical actuators, MEMS actuators, Bionic actuators, Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuators
  10. Gears in mechatronic systems. Optimal selection of actuator/gear pair
  11. Sensors in mechatronic systems
  12. Input-output interface
  13. Basic requirements on control systems in mechatronics, PID controller structure, and its parametrization
  14. PID controller structure and its parametrization, Digital implemtation of PID controller
  15. Final exam

Study Programmes

University undergraduate
[FER3-EN] Computing - study
Elective Courses (5. semester)
[FER3-EN] Electrical Engineering and Information Technology - study
Elective Courses (5. semester)


(.), Understanding electro-mechanical engineering, an introduction to mechatronics, L.J.Kam, IEEE Press, 1996,
(.), Electromechanical systems, electric machines and applied mechatronics, S.E.Lishevski, CRC Press,
(.), Osnove mehatronike - predavanja, F. Kolonić, J. Matuško, FER, 2015,

For students


ID 223372
  Winter semester
L3 English Level
L1 e-Learning
45 Lectures
0 Seminar
0 Exercises
18 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

100 Excellent
75 Very Good
62.5 Good
50 Acceptable