Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Electromechanical Systems and Applied Mechatronics

ME 59700 / 3 Cr.

Design, optimization, and control of electromechanical and mechatronic systems. Comprehensive dynamic analysis, modeling, and simulation of electric machines, power electronics, and sensors. Application of advanced software and hardware in mechatronic systems design and optimization


D.G. Alciatore and M.B. Histand, Introduction to Mechatronics and Measurement Systems, 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2003


To teach engineering students analysis, design, synthesis, and selection of systems that combine electronic and mechanical components with modern controls and microprocessors.


After completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Use transistors to switch loads [a, b, e]
  2. Analyze and implement operational amplifier circuits [a, b, e]
  3. Identify the basics of amplitude and phase linearity, bandwidth, step and frequency response of 0, 1st and 2nd order systems [a, e]
  4. Analyze and implement basic digital combinational logic networks [a, b, e]
  5. Program microcontroller and interface with input switches, output LEDs and loads [a, b, e, k]
  6. Understand relationship between sampling rate and signal bandwidth [a, e]
  7. Use electromechanical sensors including hands-on experience with roughly half of the following: proximity switches, potentiometers, linear variable differential transformers, optical encoders, strain gages, load cells, thermocouples and accelerometers [a, b, c, d, e, k]
  8. Control electromechanical machinery including hands-on experience with roughly half of the following six categories: AC, DC and stepper motors, solenoids, hydraulic and pneumatic actuators [a, b, c, d, e, k]

Note: The letters within the brackets indicate the general program outcomes of mechanical engineering. See: ME Program Outcomes.

  1. Electric circuits and components (3 periods)
  2. Semiconductor electronics (3 periods)
  3. Analog signal processing using operational amplifiers (2 periods)
  4. Combinational logic circuits (3 periods)
  5. Microcontroller programming (4 periods)
  6. Sensors (4 periods)
  7. Actuators (4 periods)
  8. General properties of 0th, 1st and 2nd order systems (4 periods)
  9. Signal sampling (2 periods)
  10. Midterm exam (1 period)
  11. Final exam
Prerequisites by Topics

Kirchhoff’s laws and circuit equations, sinusoidal steady state analysis, frequency response, Laplace transforms and transfer functions, modeling and formulation of differential equations for dynamic systems.