The course starts with an overview of control systems using block diagrams for description and analysis. Electronic operational amplifier circuits are introduced at an early stage due to their prevalence in conditioning transducer signals and as analog controller elements. Laplace Transform techniques are used to predict both first and second order system responses for the typical input functions. Steady state error and stability are examined. Algebraic prediction of closed loop responses is made. Bode Plot analysis in the frequency domain is used as an alternative method to the time domain response. PID Controller functions are covered. The programming is done using MATLAB; MATLAB with Simulink is required.
3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of lab per week
[Course fee: $50]