Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Fluid Power & Motion Control

Overall Course Objectives

To enable the student to analyse and use mathematical modelling to evaluate and design hydraulic components and systems, integrate them with structures and machines, design feedback controllers, and build a holistic view of the mechatronic system.

Learning Objectives

  • Select fluids for hydraulic systems according to the required specifications.
  • Describe and select fluid power components for hydraulic systems according to the required specifications.
  • Derive mathematical models of steady-state and dynamic behavior of hydraulic components and systems and integrate them with structural and machine dynamic models.
  • Analyse and design hydraulic systems by use of numerical tools such as Matlab/Simulink.
  • Prepare and apply control block diagrams,
  • Prepare and apply state-space models of fluid power systems and controllers
  • Apply linearization to the nonlinear functions that describe multivariable machine systems.
  • Analyze dynamic and steady-state performance and stability utilizing transient and steady-state analysis as well as frequency-domain analysis.
  • Design and tune feedback controllers for integrated mechatronic systems

Course Content

Mathematical modelling, analysis, synthesis and design of fluid power systems, in particular oil hydraulic systems. Integration in mechatronic systems, digital data processing, system integration and motion control. Numerical simulation.

Static and dynamic properties of hydraulic pumps, motors, valves, flow control, pressure control, direction control and servo control.
Basic hydraulic systems. Hydraulic drives and actuators. Load sensing systems. Hydraulic servo mechanisms. Stationary and mobile hydrostatic transmissions. Hydraulic power supply and accumulators.

Practical examples of hydraulically controlled systems.

Recommended prerequisites

41312/41560/62694/41564, Hydrostatics, pipe flows, loss coefficients, conservation equations (control volume)
Dynamic characteristics of single degree of freedom systems, eigenfrequency and damping.

Teaching Method

Lectures, project work, computer simulation and experiments


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13 weeks


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 41563
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Mon 8-12

7.500,00 DKK