Course detail

Automatic Control Equipment

FSI-VAUAcad. year: 2017/2018

1) Electrical Equipments:
The course deals with automatic control equipments included in a control loop, such as sensors, elements of transmission and signal transformation, central elements of regulators and actuators. Principle, function, characteristics, parameters and structure design are explained for these equipments. Detailed explanation is given to analogue regulators and their realization by means of operational amplifier and to digital compact regulators as well.
2) Fluid Equipments:
The course deals with an automatic control based on a fluid substance. The course consists of two parts: one deals with theoretical principles, the other with practical experiments. In the theoretical part, students can learn about types of sensors, actuators and other parts of fluid systems. The theoretical knowledge is applied to a real system in the practical part of the course. Practical experiments take place in laboratory on simple control tasks.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Review and expansion of theoretical and practical knowledge about selection, use, and modeling of sensors and actuators; design of system - controlled system, actuator, sensor system and controller. Introduction to the used industrial standards and modern trends from the area of automation, including EcoDesign.


Students are expected to have knowledge of automatic control.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Němec, Z.: Prostředky automatického řízení, elektrické. Studijní opora oboru Aplikovaná informatika a řízení. VUT Brno, FSI, ÚAI.2016 Dostupné z (CS)
Kopáček, J.: Pneumatické mechanismy.
FESTO Didactic: Pneumatické řídicí systémy.
FESTO Didactic: Úvod do řízení programovatelným automatem.
Škopán, M.: Hydraulické pohony strojů. Studijní text - sylabus, VUT Brno, 2004.
Balátě, J.: Technické prostředky automatického řízení. Praha, SNTL 1986.

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

Course-unit credit requirements: participation in seminars, completing of assigned laboratory works, processing the results of laboratory works.
Examination requirements, electrical equipments: written exam with 12 answers related to the topics of the course.
Examination requirements, fluid equipments: written exam with 2 answers from theoretical parts and 1 from laboratory works.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


Knowledge expanding in areas of sensors systems, sensor arrays, data acquisition, actuators, control systems, used in todays automation and mechatronics. Especially from the perspective of system design, modeling and application in practice. Furthermore, introduction to industry standards, advanced technologies and trends.

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

Attendance at lectures is recommended, attendance at seminars is required. It is at the teacher`s discretion to decide how to make up for missed seminars.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-AIŘ , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1-2. Sensors and actuators recapitulation.
3-4. Data acquisition and filters.
5. Control of thermal systems.
6. Pneumatics circuits.
7. Hydraulics circuits.
8. Electric drives.
9. Control of electric drives.
10-11. Designing control circuits, parameters optimization.
12-13. Industrial standards a modern trends.

labs and studios

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1-2. Use od DAQ hardware.
3-4. Filter design and implementation for high speed process.
5. Implementation of control system with resistive heat source.
6-7. Control of pneumatic system.
8-9. Design and implementation of position control with EC motor.
10-11. Optimization of position control with EC motor.
12-13. Use of CANopen control unit.