Novel actuators and sensors

Basic principles and applications of so-called “new” actuators and sensors in the field of mechatronics

Goals and Outline

The lecture is compulsory elective subject in the Master Course of Mechanical Engineering. In addition, it is elective subject in different major fields of the Master Courses of "Mechanical Engineering", " Materials Science and Engineering ", "Electrical Engineering", "Industrial Engineering" and of the planned Master Course of "Mechatronics and Information Technology".

The lecture addresses students in the fields of mechanical engineering, mechatronics and information technology, materials science and engineering, electrical engineering and economic sciences. A comprehensive introduction is given in the basics and current developments on the macroscopic length scale.

The lecture is in German, but can be given in English, depending on the listeners.

Steering mechanism with shape memory actuator

Array of micro thermistors for calorimetry
(Bruyker D.D. et al., IEEE Sensors 2010)


The lecture comprises the following topics:

  • Piezo actuators
  • Magnetostrictive actuators
  • Shape memory actuators
  • Electro-/magnetorheological actuators
  • Sensors: Concepts, materials, fabrication
  • Micromechanical sensors: Pressure, force, inertia sensors
  • Temperature sensors
  • Micro sensors for bio analytics
  • Mechano-magnetic sensors


  • Lecture notes
  • Donald J. Leo, Engineering Analysis of Smart Material Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007
  • „Sensors Update“, Edited by H.Baltes, W. Göpel, J. Hesse, VCH, 1996, ISBN: 3-527-29432-5
  • „Multivariate Datenanalyse – Methodik und Anwendungen in der Chemie“, R. Henrion, G. Henrion, Springer 1994, ISBN 3-540-58188-X