This module builds on the student’s understanding of mechanics and dynamics to develop an understanding of feedback control systems and the parameters that influence their stability and performance. The module covers time and frequency domain analysis of dynamic systems and considers both Laplace and state-space system representations. Starting with a review of general linear systems theory, the ideas of dynamic and static stability are developed. The relationship between system poles (or eigenvalues) and performance and stability are described and used to determine system responses to control inputs. The design of feedback control systems is then introduced together with the ideas of disturbance rejection, multivariable systems and design tradeoffs.
The lectures are complemented by a set of in-depth design examples in which the techniques presented in the course material are used to solve real problems. Regular coursework is used to provide formative and summative assessment and Matlab examples and problems used to develop application skills.