Matlab/Simulink in Mechatronics

Content and learning objectives:

The course is subdivided into two parts. In the first part, MATLAB and its graphical user interface are introduced. The software is then used to focus on several use-cases within the field of mechanical engineering and mechatronics. Additional practice is gained by solving exercises and working with problems and application examples from current research.

The second part of the course is dedicated to the application of Simulink for the simulation and control of dynamic systems. After a short introduction to the structure of the tool, the user interface an the fundamentals of simulation, systems of different complexity and alternative ways of modeling are considered. In the last lectures, the application of MATLAB/Simulink for control design purposees (system analyses, stability evaluation, application control design methods) is taught.

Computer-aided engineering has become indispensable in the field of mechanical engineering, e.g. for the development and safety-related evaluation of structural components or for the design of complex technical systems.

The tool MATLAB with its additional toolbox Simulink is commonly used for numerical calculations as well as for the modeling and simulation of mechatronic systems. In this course, computation and simulation in MATLAB are taught while focusing on physical and mathematical mehods.

Main learning objectives of the part “control engineering”:

After attending the course, the students should be able to

  1. carry out stability analyses of open loop and closed loop control systems with assistance of Matlab/Simulink,
  2. design basic controllers, according to given requirements on the behavior of the closed loop control system, with assistance of Matlab/Simulink and
  3. understand certain realization effects and consider them during control design.

Reference for students

Regarding further information about contents and organization of our courses, please visit the central e-learning platform PAUL.