System dynamics, Simulation and Control





Offered by

Mechanical Engineering




Calculus, dynamics, kinematics.

Main purpose

To give students knowledge about and ability to develop and analyze dynamic mechatronic models. To give the student basic knowledge about automatic control.


Formulation of system equations for technical systems (mechanical, electromechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic and thermal systems)
• Solution of linear differential equations, using Laplace transformations
• Application of transform concepts to engineering systems (transients and frequency response)
• Analysis of systems using Laplace transform and simulation
• Numeric methods for simulation (using for example MatLab)
• Simulation of engineering systems using Simulink.
• Planning and interpretation of simulation
• Logic control
• Specification of on-off control, using Grafcet diagrammes
• PLC programming


The student can formulate models of technical (mechanical, electromechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic or thermal) systems, analyze the static and dynamic behavior in time do-main and frequency domain, and simulate with MatLab / Simulink.
The student understands hardware in on-off control systems and can specify the operation of the system. Further, the student can develop the control for a system, including system operation and safety.


The student can develop and analyze dynamic Mechatronic models.
The student can design a complete on-off control for a machine, using typically a PLC as controller.


Teaching methods and study activities

The total workload for the student is 138 hours.

The didactic method is classroom teaching, problem solving, homework, exercises and a course work
Student Activity Model:
According to the Study Activity Model, the workload is divided as follows:

Category 1, Initiated by the lecturer with the participation of lecturer and students: 42 hours – 30%

Category 2: Initiated by lecturer with participation of students: 42 hours – 30 %

Category 3: Initiated by students with participation of students: 42 hours – 30 %

Category 4: Initiated by students with the participation of lecturer and students: 10 hours – 10%



Ogata: System Dynamics, Pearson, latest edition




Requirements for attending examination
- Course assignments for examination (30 hours)

Type of examination
Individual oral examination without preparation based upon course assignment(s)
Examinations account for 100 % of final grade
Censor: Internal

Allowed tools
Course literature according to the course description, Personal notes, Laptop, Calculator

As the ordinary examination

Grading criteria

7-point scale

Additional information



Per Ulrik Hansen

Valid from

2/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

Course type

Intelligent Mechanics