Course detail

Thermal Effects in Mechatronic Systems

FSI-RQMAcad. year: 2015/2016

The course deals with the basic terms of thermomechanics and heat transfer necessary for description thermal phenomena in machatronic systems. Also discussed is the effect of thermal phenomena on the function of mechatrinic systems.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will be able to solve thermal phenomena in mechanic systems. They will acquire basic knowledge necessary for measuring of temperature and airflow in mechatronic systems.


Students are expected to have basic knowledge of programming.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Attendance at numerical, laboratory and computer exercises is obligatory. Students are required to submit the required number of reports, as well as the prescribed number of individual projects. The exam is written and oral.

Course curriculum

Not applicable.

Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to familiarise students with thermal phenomena in mechatronics. They will learn how to use numerical and experimental methods for description of thermal phenomena in mechatronic systems, especially electrical appliances and drives.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at exercises is obligatory.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Yunus, A. Turner, H. Cimbala, J.M. Fundamental of Thermal-fluid Sciences. 3nd edition. McGraff Fill: Anstralia & New Zeland, 2008
Vlach, R. : Chlazení elektrických strojů, VUT Brno, Brno,2004
Hak, J. , Ošlejšek, O. : Výpočet chlazení elektrických strojů , 1.díl. VUES Brno 1973
Ondruška, E. , Maloušek, A. : Ventilace a chlazení elektrických strojů točivých. SNTL Praha 1985

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2A-P Master's

    branch M-IMB , 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
    branch M-MET , 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Introduction to thermal phenomena in mechatronic systems
Basic terms of hydraulic computation
Pressure losses at airflow
Computation of airflow resistances
Methods of ventilation computation
Basic terms of thermal computation
Computation of thermal resistances
Computation of heat transfer coefficient
Methods of thermal computation
Methods of ventilation measuring
Methods of temperature measuring
Contactless measuring of temperature
New accesses of thermal phenomena solving in the mechatronic systems

labs and studios

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Summary of computational simulation of thermal phenomena
Computation of hydraulic resistance by airflow change
Computation of hydraulic resistances by friction losses
Computation of axial and radial fun ventilation characteristics
Design of an electric machine ventilation network, solving airflow in the electric machine
Computation of thermal resistances (heat conduction radiation, natural and force convection)
Computation of heat transfer coefficient
Design of an electric machine thermal network, computation of heat rise of individual parts
Measuring of airflow quantity using three independent methods
Experimental measuring of heat pipe properties
Temperature measuring on an experimental device of stator winding (thermocouple, PT100, HFS)
Heat rise measuring of DC machine rotor (contactless measuring of temperature, thermo-camera and laser thermometer)
Cooling drive of a synchronous machine stator