1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 2-hour workshop fortnightly
1 x 2-hour practical weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ENGR3711, ENGR8721 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Linear Algebra, Calculus, Laplace Transform, Bode Plots, Signals and Systems such as can be found in ENGR2711 Engineering Mathematics and ENGR2722 Analysis of Engineering Systems.
Assignment, Exam, Logbook, Report
Topic description

This topic covers: introduction to conventional control systems; elements of conventional control systems; modelling of linear time-invariant control systems; block diagrams; standard systems; time-domain system response; frequency-domain system response; control system specifications; system stability and sensitivity; disturbance rejection techniques; system steady-state accuracy; time-domain analysis of control systems; root-locus design techniques; Routh stability criterion; frequency-domain analysis of control systems; Nyquist-diagram design techniques; Nyquist stability criterion; compensation of single-input single-output linear time-invariant control systems in time-domain and frequency-domain; cascade control; feedback control; feedforward control; phase-lead and phase-lag control; lead-lag control; PID multimode control; classical control systems design examples.

Educational aims

This topic aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of classical control systems theory and technology as applied to the design and analysis of conventional control systems.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamental principals in relation to conventional control systems composition and development
  2. Acquire the knowledge and the mathematical tools for conventional control system modelling
  3. Apply linear systems theory for the analysis of conventional feedback control systems in both time and frequency domains
  4. Determine the characteristics of a conventional control system and their effects on the system performance
  5. Explain a conventional control system's stability and its stability criteria requirement
  6. Understand the practical aspects in relation to the operation of conventional control systems and the associated design issues
  7. Design conventional control systems in both time and frequency domains to meet particular specifications
  8. Use standard design techniques to compensate and improve the transient and/or steady-state performance of conventional feedback control systems
  9. Apply industry-compatible design tools and techniques for the study of conventional control systems
  10. Demonstrate thorough understandings of the theoretical concepts and mathematics behind 1-8 and apply them to the solutions of complex problems

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