High Tech Institute and Mechatronics Academy are introducing a new training focused on passive damping for high-tech systems. The first edition of this training will take place next April in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Over the past few years, efforts have been made to better understand the underlying principles of damping which has led to spectacular results. Experts from industry and academia share the latest insights and design approaches in the new short course ‘Passive Damping for High Tech Systems’.

When designing high precision mechatronic systems it is essential to achieve a high bandwidth of the feedback control loop. This is necessary in order to suppress the negative effects of disturbing forces on the machine accuracy and settling time. Dynamics and resonances play an important role in limiting the achievable bandwidth and settling time. Much focus is directed towards high ‘eigenfrequencies’ and understanding vibration modes including the mechanisms of excitation and observability. However, as accuracy and resulting bandwidth requirements are getting tighter, the requirements in terms of ‘eigenfrequencies’ of the system are sometimes reaching the limits of what is physically possible. Passive damping offers additional design space and is becoming a key design parameter for achieving these extreme requirements. Despite the risk of introducing hysteresis related virtual play, passive damping can significantly simplify controller design and improve positioning performance.

Sign-up for the ‘Passive Damping for High Tech Systems’ training here.