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MEng Mechatronic Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Control Systems I

Course unit fact file
Unit code EEEN20252
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This unit will cover the following:

  • Introduction of examples to be used for illustration throughout the module
  • Dynamic models and dynamic response of systems. Linearisation and scaling of models.  Brief review of Laplace transform and transfer functions. First and second order systems.  Introduction of examples for case studies
  • Open-loop vs. closed-loop control. Feedback control and sensitivity. Types of feedback, PID control 
  • Steady state error and system type
  • Root locus analysis and design. Review of PID control in a root locus framework
  • Nyquist stability criterion, gain margin, phase margin
  • Dynamic compensation, design of lead-lag compensators. Review of PID control in a frequency response framework
  • Real-time experiments in lab sessions. Use of control system analysis and design software

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Signals and Systems EEEN20131 Pre-Requisite Compulsory

Aims

The course unit aims to:

Introduce basic techniques for analysis and design of feedback control systems.

Learning outcomes

On the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

Developed

Assessed

ILO 1

Describe a physical system via a simple transfer function model.

X

X

ILO 2

Analyse steady-state and transient properties of a system from its transfer function model.

X

X

ILO 3

Recognize the differences between open-loop and closed-loop control systems for tracking and disturbance rejection.

X

X

ILO 4

Apply root locus and frequency response techniques to analyse and design of feedback systems.

X

X

ILO 5

Develop controllers for simple plant models.

X

X

ILO 6

Evaluate the properties of a feedback interconnection from its open-loop frequency response.

X

X

 

Teaching and learning methods

 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 20%
Written exam 80%

Coursework:

Two laboratory sessions

Each laboratory will be assessed seperately via a ten mark lab report.

The coursework forms 20% of the unit assessment

Feedback methods

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Practical classes & workshops 6
Tutorials 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 70

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Long Zhang Unit coordinator

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