Emneplan forMAVE3620 Dynamic structures and applications

Engelsk emnenavn
Dynamic structures and applications
Høst: Bachelorstudium i ingeniørfag - maskin
10 stp.


Understanding the fundamental principles of dynamics and control that can be employed in a variety of contemporary applications is an essential skill for the modern engineer. The course provides students with theoretical knowledge and practical demonstrations across a broad range of modern dynamic systems, and the methods used in their applications.

The students will learn the principles of the electro-mechanical systems design, acquire a theoretical background for the study of the dynamics and control of robotic systems, with practical application of control loop in robotics, based on case studies and critical analysis. Embedded systems and their applications will also be discussed. When designing a dynamic structure, several advanced techniques will be considered. Therefore, this course offers the students a unique source of practical information on Mechatronics, State Machine and Sequence Diagrams, Programming and software engineering in mechatronics, Case studies of using Arduino hardware and software in dynamic structures, along with guidance on using analogue and digital signals for various applications.

Dynamic structures and applications course will also cover advances in assistive technology: from wheelchairs to exoskeletons, as well as sensors and actuators used for monitoring various parameters of the dynamic systems. Fundamental principles and case studies of systems and sensors for earthquake, or extreme dynamic loading monitoring, will be used.

The elective course is initiated provided that the number of students who choose this course is sufficient.

Anbefalte forkunnskaper

The course is based on MAPE1300 Mechanics and MATS1500 Materials Technology.


No prerequisites.


After completing this course, the student will achieve the following learning outcomes, defined as knowledge, skills and general competence:


Students can:

  • understand the underlying principles of dynamics and control

  • critically assess the feasibility of a dynamic system for a specific application

  • apply the methods of analysis and design of systems for motion control

  • explain the most commonly used components for such systems

  • demonstrate understanding of the principles of mechatronics and dynamic structures monitoring

  • demonstrate the knowledge of modern sensors and actuators used for monitoring of dynamic parameters


Students can:

  • apply the knowledge on dynamic structures’ behaviour to propose an efficient control method for a given application

  • propose a design of a robotic system to perform a specified task, commenting on critical aspects of the design and system performance

  • assess the type and range of parameters that needs to be measured for a safe operation of a dynamic structure.

General competence

Students can:

  • suggest methods for assessing structural integrity of a dynamic structure subjected to a short-term or a long-term loading, considering materials and purpose of the system.

  • communicate about course related topics with others from the field.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Lectures, tutorials and project assignments.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

No requirements

Vurdering og eksamen

Exam consist of:

1. Portfolio (counts 40%). The portfolio consists of:

  • 2 individual assignments

  • 2 group assignments, 3-5 students per group.


The portfolio is graded as a whole and given one grade.


2. Individual written exam (counts 60%).


Exam results can be appealed.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

1. All.

2. Handheld calculator that does not have wireless communication. If the calculator has the possibility of storage in the internal memory, the memory must be deleted before the exam. Random sampling may be conducted.


For the final assessment, a grade scale from A to E is used for passing (A is highest grade and E is lowest) and F for failing.


A combination of internal and external examiners is used regularly.