This five-day course will provide knowledge in mechatronics and electrical modelling for automotive systems with the use of unified techniques. The concentration will be on physical-system dynamics, stemming from power and energy exchanges between components.

The course will start with an introduction to mathematical modelling, including modelling from first principles and from data (system identification). It will then expand into specialised techniques such as Bond Graphs, Dymola, Simuling and LabView. Hands-on activities and tutorial sessions will take place every afternoon.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,940. The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

The course will be delivered as lectures in the morning and hands-on or tutorial activities in the afternoon. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

  • To provide a fundamental understanding of physical modelling applied to vehicles mechatronic systems.
  • To introduce students to modelling techniques, from basic methodology to graphical modelling and practical viewpoints.
  • To illustrate the role of first principle and data-driven modelling.

Core content

  • Introduction to mathematical modelling
  • Modelling from first principle
  • Newtonian and Lagrangian modelling
  • Electric circuits and networks
  • Modelling from data and system identification
  • Modelling of delays
  • Block diagram reduction
  • Modelling with Labview and Dymola
  • Modelling for vehicle dynamics and tyre-surface interaction
  • Modelling with Matlab/Simulink

Who should attend

This course is aimed at control, system and component engineers working in the automotive industry that are responsible for physical system model development for component design, system integration, and/or control system design.

It is also suitable for the engineering technical directors and managers who are seeking to be more aware about the system modelling and integration issues surrounding automotive component and system engineering.


Dr Stefano Longo - Cranfield University

Dr Efstathios Velenis - Cranfield University

Dr Daniel Auger - Cranfield University

Mr Alessandro Picarelli - Claytex

Mr Ashish Naik - National Instruments


10% discount applies if booked 8 weeks in advance.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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