Course detail

Electrical and Pneumatic Automation Systems

FSI-VAU-AAcad. year: 2020/2021

1) Electrical elements:
The course discusses the elements of automatic control contained in the control loop, ie sensors, signal transmission and transformation elements, central controllers and actuators. These elements explain the principle, function, properties, parameters and design solutions. Increased attention is paid to analog controllers and their implementation using operational amplifiers.
2) Fluid elements:
The subject is devoted to pneumatic and hydraulic elements of automatic control. The substance is divided into two parts, the first deals with theoretical principles, the second deals with practical use. Students will learn various types of sensors, actuators and other parts of fluid systems. The theoretical knowledge is then applied in the practical part of the course.
Practical use of electrical and pneumatic elements is shown and practiced in the laboratory on simple control tasks.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

To gain overview and basic theoretical and practical knowledge about selection and use of sensors, actuators, control systems and communication buses for measurement and control.


Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of automatic control, mathematics and physics. All at the level of completed courses in the framework of earlier university studies.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Thomas, C.: Sensor Fusion - Foundation and Applications, InTech, 2011
Němec, Z.: Prostředky automatického řízení, elektrické. Sudijní opora oboru Aplikovaná informatika a řízení. VUT Brno, FSI, ÚAI.
Beneš, P. a kol.:Automatizace a automatizační technika, díl 3- Prostředky automatizační techniky. Computer Press, Praha, 2000.
Isermann, Rolf: Mechatronic systems—fundamentals, Springer Netherlands, 2008
Kopáček, J.: Pneumatické mechanismy.
Debeljkovic, D: Time-Delay Systems, InTech, 2011
FESTO Didactic: Pneumatické řídicí systémy.
Mitchell, H.B: Multi-Sensor Data Fusion - An Introduction, Springer - Verlag, 2007
FESTO Didactic: Úvod do řízení programovatelným automatem.
LabVIEW Measurements Manual, National Instruments, April 2003 Edition, Part Number 322661B-01, dostupné z
Rey, G.R., Muneta L. M: Modelling Simulation and Optimization, InTech, 2010
Škopán, M.: Hydraulické pohony strojů. Studijní text - sylabus, VUT Brno, 2004.
Fraden, Jacob: Handbook of Modern Sensors - Physics, Designs and Applications (3rd Edition), Springer - Verlag, 2004
Isermann, Rolf: Mechatronic systems—fundamentals, Springer Netherlands, 2008.
Balátě, J.: Technické prostředky automatického řízení. Praha, SNTL 1986.
CURTIS, D. Johnson. Process Control Instrumentation Technology. 8. Harlow, England: Pearson Education Limited, 2014. ISBN 978-1-292-02601-5. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught in the form of lectures, which are an explanation of the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is complemented by laboratory exercises, where the theoretical knowledge gained from lectures is practically verified. Where possible, lectures will be organized for practitioners and field trips to companies dealing with activities related to the subject matter.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Knowledge and skills are verified by credit and examination.
Credit requirements: attendance at seminars, completion of given laboratory tasks and elaboration of a written report from measurements. Attendance at seminars is obligatory. Laboratory exercises are evaluated by the teacher in terms of activity and the laboratory protocol is evaluated and must be submitted and recognized.
Requirements for the exam, electrical elements: The exam is oral where student compiles two main themes which were presented during the lectures.
Requirements for the exam, fluid elements: the basis is a written part with answers to 2 questions from lectures and 1 question from laboratory exercises.
The answers to the questions are evaluated by points, the evaluation is according to the scale A -F.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum



Learning outcomes of the course unit The aim of the course is to gain an overview of the possibilities of selection, design and application possibilities of individual elements of control circuits. The student will be able to operate, adjust and possibly design automatic control circuits.

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

Controlled participation in lessons: Controlled participation in lessons: 100% attendance at seminars is required. In case of absence, the student is obliged to compensate the lessons.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2E-A Master's

    branch M-IND , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction, general properties of automatic control devices
2.-3 Sensors
4.-5. Signal transformers
6.-7. Transmission of information (signals, data)
8.-10. Regulators and central members of regulators
11.-13. Actuators

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Examples of automatic control elements
2. Measurement of relay properties
3-6. Identification of regulated system, practical implementation
7-12. Demonstration of various control circuits, practical implementation
13. Discussion, summary, credit