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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Mechatronic System Simulation & Control
Module Code EE459
School School of Electronic Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Mingming Liu
Semester 2: Mingming Liu
Autumn: Mingming Liu
Module TeachersJennifer Bruton
Patrick Bradley
Mingming Liu
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to further develop students' competencies in mechatronic system analysis and design. It deals with combined electrical, electronic and mechanical systems, control system design, nonlinear analysis and appropriate software tools.

Learning Outcomes

1. conduct the required background research related to mechatronic systems and control and be able to search for, access, review and evaluate publications on given related topics
2. develop and analyse system models for electronic, mechanical, electro-mechanical and other systems
3. design appropriate continuous and discrete -time control systems
4. critically evaluate the effectiveness of controller designs for physical systems
5. present and apply simulation theory for physical system modelling and control
6. implement the simulation and control of electromechanical systems using appropriate software tools
7. analyse the behaviour of nonlinear elements common to mechantronic systems using graphical frequency and state-space response techniques
8. effectively discuss the design, simulation, modelling and analysis of mechatronic or related systems by written means

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory30Computer-based laboratories
Directed learning2In class test/lab
Independent Study10Preparation for laboratories
Independent Study10Preparation for Assessment
Assignment Completion30Research based assignment
Independent Study20On-line activity with module material
Independent Study50Preparation for final exam
Total Workload: 188

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Analysis of mixed electrical, electronic and mechanical systems.
Analysis of mixed electrical, electronic and mechanical systems in the time domain, in the frequency domain and in state space.

Control systems.
Control system design. Quantitative analysis of the quality of control offered by a control system design. The selection and use of appropriate software tools for design, analysis and evaluation of control systems.

Appropriate software tools. Numerical methods, including numerical optimization.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment30% Examination Weight70%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentComputer-based electromechanical systems analysis.15%Once per semester
In Class TestComputer based simulation & analysis15%Once per semester
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Richard C. Dorf, Robert H. Bishop: 2011, Modern control systems, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 9780136024583
  • Norman S. Nise: 2012, Control Systems Engineering, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 9780470646120
  • Clarence W De Silva: 2005, Mechatronics - An Integrated Approach, CRC Press,
  • Sergey E Lyshevski: 2008, Electromechanical Systems and Devices, CRC Press,
  • Katsuhiko Ogata.: 0, Modern control engineering, Boston; Pearson, 9780137133376
Other Resources

22929, Website, Jennifer Bruton, 0, EE451 Module Material, ee451.eeng.dcu.ie,
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