Intelligent Machine Design: Mechatronics Fundamentals

Lecturer (assistant)
Duration5 SWS
TermSommersemester 2023
Language of instructionEnglish
Position within curriculaSee TUMonline

Admission information


After completing the module, students are able to independently develop, build and test mechatronic systems. In doing so, the students can predict the characteristics and interactions of the various mechatronic components and software aspects as well as adapt them accordingly for the development and integration of the required systems.


The IMDL - Intelligent Machine Design Lab Module 1.1 is part of a three-semester module series, which aims to enable students to develop and build complex and powerful mechatronic systems with high social/economic relevance. Students learn to develop product ideas independently and to transfer them step by step into near-series product prototypes. After completing the module series, students are able to start mechatronic systems and projects of any complexity and to develop and successfully realise their own project ideas, which solve e.g. social, economic or ecological problems. Particular focus is placed on the development of multi-disciplinary design and integration skills and their use in an interdisciplinary team. The modules within a semester as well as between the different semesters build on each other in terms of content. Therefore, successful completion of the previous modules is strongly recommended (content of module 1.1 is required for module 1.2, module 1.1+1.2 is required for module 2.1, etc.). The focus of module 1.1 of this series is the independent development, integration, build up and evaluation of mechatronic systems based on analogue circuits (amplifiers, filters, mosfets, ...), microcontroller programming (state machines, timers, interrupts, ...), Digital communication (SPI, I2C, ...), actuators (servos, stepper motors, DC motors, ...), sensors (infrared, encoders, ...) and machine elements (bearings, springs, dampers, couplings, transmission, ...) as well as "fast prototyping techniques" (3D printing, laser cutter, ...).


Recommended : - Programming (C ) - Basics of electrical engineering (analogue circuits, ...) - Basics of electronics (microcontrollers, bus systems, ...) - Basics of machine elements - Actuator and sensor systems

Teaching and learning methods

- Introductory lectures/courses - Exercises - Online lectures - Lab assignments


The module grade is calculated by averaging the grades of the individual lab assignments (equal weighting). Within these lab assignments, both the mechatronic system structures to be developed as well as the written documentation of the theoretical lab assignment tasks (design) will be evaluated. Successful completion of the course depends only on the final module grade, not on individual lab assignments.

Recommended literature

- Paul Scherz and Simon Monk, ‘Practical Electronics for Inventors’, 4th rev. ed McGraw-Hill Education - Eric S. Roberts, ‘The Art and Science of C’, Pearson Education - Robert l. Norton, ‘Design of Machinery’, Mcgraw-Hill Europe; 3rd Revised edition - Clarence W. De Silva, ‘Mechatronics: Fundamentals and Applications’, Apple Academic Press Inc. - Shimon Y. Nof, ‘Springer Handbook of Automation’, Springer; 2009. Edition - Jan Awrejcewicz, ‘Mechatronics: Ideas, Challenges, Solutions and Applications’, Springer; 1st ed. 2016 Edition - Rochdi Merzouki, ‘Intelligent Mechatronic Systems; Modeling, Control and Diagnosis’, Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2013 Edition - Paul Horowitz, ‘The Art of Electronics’, Cambridge University Press; 3. Edition