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During the specialisation in Mechatronic Control Engineering, you will study fundamental scientific principles and technologies used in the design of modern computer-controlled machines and processes. Mechatronics is the synergistic combination of mechanical, electronic, control and computer engineering, enabling you to perform analyses, design a model, design and control all types of energy systems and advanced electro-mechanical products.

The teaching in the programme takes place in an innovative, dynamic and challenging environment through a combination of research-based courses, team-based project work, and a high degree of interaction with industrial partners and energy supply companies.

Electronics

The companies take an active part in providing project proposals for the problem-oriented project work, guest lectures and visits to the companies.

In each semester (except for the last) you will spend half of your study time on courses and course work while the other half of your time will be spent doing a semester project. Each semester has an overall theme, and within this theme you conduct a semester project with your project group where you investigate and attempt to solve a relevant issue within your field of study.

The study programmes at AAU are based on problem based learning and project work, which gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice in your semester projects, which will better prepare you for your future career.

Hydraulic crane

ENERGY LABORATORIES

At the Department of Energy Technology, you will find well-equipped, modern test laboratories that enable you to conduct exciting laboratory experiments. These experiments will verify the theoretical analysis that yo apply during the project work.

The Fluid Power and Mechatronics Laboratory focus on providing hands on experience for the students and conduct front edge research under the research programme Efficient, Intelligent and Reliable Fluid Power Technology. The experimental setups features mechatronic systems where hydraulic actuators and components are integrated with e.g. electrical motor drive, sensor technology and computer control systems. The students encounter specialized motion control system, life time monitoring and energy conversion systems. The Fluid Power and Mechatronics Laboratory enables the students to combine the theoretical studies with hands on experiments. On the Fluid Power Laboratory home page you may explore the facilities.
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Semester Description

1st SEMESTEr

For students with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from Aalborg University, the project work in this semester is 15 ECTS credits, whereas it is 10 ECTS credits (INTRO project) for students with a BSc degree from another university.

The projects' technical topics are identical, but students from another university have one extra course about Problem Based Learning (PBL) which is the primary teaching method used at Aalborg University. Furthermore, students with a BSc degree from another university also have a course in Control theory and Matlab.

The documentation of the project work is also different:

  • Students with a BSc degree from Aalborg University should document the project work with a paper, a poster and a presentation at an internal conference (CES) accompanied by an appendix report, all in English
  • Students with a BSc degree from another university should document the work with a project report written in English.

In this semester, you and your project group will focus on a hydraulically actuated mechanical system that must be controlled as a feedback system. You model the mechanical structures and the actuation systems. The models, or parts of them, are then experimentally verified to show their validity.

Next, you develop control algorithms based on the derived models and use of different non-linear control methods. These algorithms are implemented and verified experimentally, and the results are compared to what may be obtained with standard linear controllers.

See more about projects and courses on Mechatronic Control Engineering. 

1ST SEMESTER PROJECT FOR STUDENTS WITH A BSC DEGREE FROM AALBORG UNIVERSITY

In this semester, you and your project group will focus on a hydraulically actuated mechanical system that must be controlled as a feedback system. You model the mechanical structures and the actuation systems. The models, or parts of them, are then experimentally verified to show their validity.

Next, you develop control algorithms based on the derived models. You develop both classical linear and modern non-linear controllers. These algorithms are implemented and verified experimentally, and the results are compared.

1ST SEMESTER INTRO PROJECT FOR STUDENTS WITH A BSC DEGREE FroM ANOTHER UNIVERSITY

In this semester, you will learn more about the Problem Based Learning (PBL) method applied at Aalborg University by doing project work and writing a project report about a hydraulically actuated mechanical system that must be controlled as a feedback system. You model the mechanical structures and the actuation systems. The models, or parts of them, are then experimentally verified to show their validity.

Next, you develop control algorithms based on the derived models and use of different non-linear control methods. These algorithms are implemented and verified experimentally, and the results are compared to what may be obtained with standard linear controllers.

COURSES

  • Dynamic Modelling of Electrical Machines and Control Systems (5 ECTS)
  • Non‐linear Control and Multi‐body Systems (5 ECTS)
  • Probability Theory, Stochastic Processes and Advanced Statistics (5 ECTS)
  • For students with a BSc degree from another university: Control Theory and MATLAB (5 ECTS)

PROJECT

  • Control of a Hydraulic Actuated Mechanical Structure (15 ECTS)
  • For international students: Problem Based Project Organised Learning in Control of a Hydraulically Actuated Mechanical Structure (10 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Design of a high performance hydraulic gear shift system for a race car
  • Multi-axis control of a HMF crane using SMISMO valves
  • Design of controllers for a hydraulic servo robot
  • Separate meter-in separate meter-out control of excavator arm.

Student

2nd SEMESTEr

Your project in the second semester is about an electric motor used to drive a mechanical load. To control this motor, a frequency converter is necessary. The latter must be developed in the project, including designing the power stage of the frequency converter, and an interface-board between the power stage and a DSP-system. Related to this, you analyse modulation strategies and modes of operation for the converter as the basis for the control strategy of the converter. Based on the frequency converter developed, you then develop one or more vector control strategies for the motor so the motor is able to operate within pre-specified system requirements. The frequency converter is built in the laboratory, and you implement, test and compare the control strategies developed to standard scalar control.

courses

  • Control of Electrical Drive Systems and Converters (5 ECTS)
  • Multi Variable Control (5 ECTS)
  • Optimisation Theory and Reliability (5 ECTS)

PROJEcT

  • Advanced Control of Electrical Machines (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Modelling and control of electrically driven servo robot
  • Design and control of "Segway human transporter"
  • Control of an electrical servo drive for a hydraulic pump unit.

 Testing of segway

3rd SEMESTEr

During the third semester, you have different options to earn the required 30 ECTS credits:

  • You can do an traineeship in Denmark or abroad, where you take part in the day-to-day operations in the business. During the traineeship, you will write a project about one or more of your tasks during the process
  • You can do a semester at another educational institution abroad or in Denmark
  • You can do a regular semester at AAU with elective courses and project work
  • You can begin your Master’s thesis, so your work is spread out over both your 3rd and 4th semester.

Aalborg University has collaboration agreements with universities around the world, and the programme’s research environment has a wide range of traineeship contacts.

Find out more about studying abroad and traineeship.

If you opt to stay at AAU, you will choose elective courses that give you 10 ECTS credits and you will work on a project about a mechatronic system that must be optimised, and/or for which a control or diagnostic system must be set up. First, you model the system, and you can apply different system identification methods to determine the parameters of the system. The system is then implemented and verified by doing experiments in the laboratories.

To practice scientific communication skills, the project’s result, or parts of it, must be published in an article written in English. This article is presented at an internal seminar (CES).

courses

  • Elective course (5 ECTS) *
  • Elective course (5 ECTS) *

PROJEcT

  • Mechatronic Systems (20 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Development and control of a fuel cell system
  • Design and control of an active suspension system for a road vehicle
  • Observer based flux vector control of induction machines.

The elective courses may vary from year to year, depending on the number of students in the various specialisations, the on-going projects and the research performed at the Department of Energy Technology. Further, courses from other universities might be used as elective courses.

Piping

4th SEMESTEr

In the fourth semester, you write your Master’s thesis where you draw on all the knowledge, experience and skills you have acquired during your studies. Depending on your choice of topic, the thesis will involve developmental work, further development, or actual research.

master’s thesis

  • Self-selected topic (30 ECTS)

examples of thesis topics

  • Load reduction in wind turbines using advanced pitch control development of control strategies for power take-off systems for wave energy converters
  • Design and control of fast switching valve for pumping operation.

Worker in front of windmills
 

read more about TRAINEESHIPs and STUDYing ABROAD

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.
 

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