Sensors and Actuators

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A module derived from the course “Intro to Mechatronics” at Lawrence Technological University discussing automotive sensors, actuators, and their use in powertrain. This resource was developed through seed funding from the CAAT.


This module is part of the course "Intro to Mechatronics" at Lawrence Technological University and was developed through seed funding from the CAAT. This module consists of a PowerPoint presentation and accelerometer LabVIEW lab. Discussed in the Power Point are automotive sensors, actuators, and their use in powertrain (energy use, drivability and performance), body (occupant needs), and chassis (vehicle handling and safety). Some of the types of these sensors are rotational (crank or cam position), pressure (EVAP system or MAP), exhaust gas (oxygen sensor), and actuators (air bag inflators, relays, and injectors). Also included is a section on DC and AC motors operation and their automotive applications (HEV drive motor, window motor, and seat motor). The lab will introduce students to developing data acquisition for sensors using National Instruments LabVIEW software. For instructors who would like solutions to the lab, please contact the CAAT.

Please visit LTU's other modules for Introduction to Mechatronics and their complete course "Introduction to Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Engineering" ( Link ).


  • Developing a Control Algorithm Based on Vehicle Motion Requirements - Link  
  • Major Concepts of Hybrid Electric Powertrain Systems - Link  
  • Modeling Mechanical Subsystems of the Hybrid Electric Transmission - Link

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under
Grant No. 1003032. 

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Electric Machines and Power Electronics
HEV/EV System Technologies (HEV, EV, and Plug-in HEV)
Integration, Networking, and Communications
Product Lifecycle:
Pre-production: Research, Design, Development, Testing, and Tooling
Resource Type:
Lab Activity
Lawrence Technological University
Author & Title:
Dr. Vladimir V. Vantsevich- Professor Mechanical Engineering Department, Director Master of Science in Mechatronic Engineering, Laboratory of Mechatronic Systems, Associate Director Automotive Engineering Institute; Jesse Paldan- Graduate Research Assistant; Wei Yao- Student Assistant
Date Developed:
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Education Level:
Undergrad Students (13-14)

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