2023-2024 / MECA0127-1

Active structures


26h Th, 26h Pr

Number of credits

 Master of Science (MSc) in Aerospace Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Mechanical Engineering (EMSHIP+, Erasmus Mundus)5 crédits 


Christophe Collette


Grégory Gonzalez Rodriguez

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course is organized as follows: (1) Dynamics of structures in view of controlling them (2) Electromagnetic and piezoelectric transducers. (3) Integration of transducers in active structures. (4) Modeling piezoelectric structures. (5) Active damping with collocated pairs. (6) Active isolation. (7) Practical implementation (8) Introduction to advanced control techniques.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, the student will be capable of modeling electro-mechanical and piezoelectric systems, studying their dynamic behavior, and controlling their vibrations.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

As the course is assuming some basic knowledge in automatic control, students willing to take this course should have passed one of these courses before registering to this course:
SYST0003:Linear control systems
AERO036: Spacecraft control

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Exercise sessions, numerical simulations and laboratories.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

The course will take place each Thursday afternoon at 1.45pm, starting from Thursday the 15th of September. 
It will be organized in building B52, room +1/823.
The theoretical lecture will be organized using BBcollaborate. It will be followed by a face-to-face exercise session in the same room.

Recommended or required readings

Lecture notes: slides
Recommended reading:
A. Preumont, Vibration control of active structures, 3rd edition, Springer (2011).
S. Crandall, Dynamics of mechanical and electromechanical systems, McGraw-Hill (1963).
D. Miu, Mechatronics: Electromechanics and Contromechanics, Springer (1993).
B. Lurie and P. Enright, Classical feedback control, Dekker (2000).
G. Franklin and J. Powell, Feedback control of dynamic systems, 7thedition, Pearson (2015).
D. Inman, Engineering vibration, 4th edition, Pearson (2014).
M. Geradin and D. Rixen, Mechanical vibrations: Theory and application to structural dynamics, 3rd edition, Wiley (2015).

No formal exam. The evaluation is based on a personal project, including a report and an oral defense.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



Association of one or more MOOCs