Actuator Controls

Structure Type: Course
Code: ISTA0802
Type: Compulsory
Level: Bachelor
Credits: 3.0 points
Responsible Teacher: Nieminen, Juha
Teacher Team: Nieminen, Juha ; Tuovinen, Olli ; Ylivainio, Matti ; Kiikkala, Sanna-Liisa ; Esala, Tapani
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Course Implementations, Planned Year of Study and Semester

Curriculum  Semester  Credits  Start of Semester  End of Semester
I-ST-2010   3 autumn   3.0   2012-08-24   2012-12-18  
I-ST-2011   3 autumn   3.0        
I-ST-2012   3 autumn   3.0        
I-ST-2013   3 autumn   3.0        
ST-2014   3 autumn   3.0        
ST-2015   3 autumn   3.0        

Learning Outcomes

The student masters the controls of the actuators commonly used in industry and how to use them in typical solutions.

Student's Workload

Total work load of the course 82 h
Scheduled studies 44 h
Autonomous studies 38 h

Prerequisites / Recommended Optional Courses

Automation common core theme, Basics of Electric Drives


During the course the student becomes familiar with the most common actuators like motors, frequency converters, controlles, valves, switches and disconnectors. He learns the basic operatios, controls and the typical signals and their handling in the program. The control programs are based on the actuator dependent program blocks and structural control programs based on the use of the blocks made.

Recommended or Required Reading

Material specified by the teacher

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Lectures and guided PC exercises and laboratory exercises

Assessment Criteria

1: The student understands the designs and solutions presented in the contents of the course.
3:The student is able to implement designs that are similar to the model solution.
5:The student is able to make designs independently and implement them using methods learnt during the course.

Assessment Methods

Exam; assignments, laboratory exercises and laboratory reports are assessed.