MECT07005 2013 Control Systems 301
Control Systems is all about plant and processes (systems) how they behave when subjected to certain inputs (system response) and how to get them to do what we want (system control). Control Systems 301 introduces the student to the characteristics of systems commonly encountered in mechatronics.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Use Laplace transform techniques to predict and interpret second order system response to step and ramp inputs.
Find the steadystate response of a system to a sinusoidal input by the substitution of jω for s in the transfer function.
Use Laplace transform techniques to find the transient and steadystate response of a system to a sinusoidal input.
Use block diagram algebra, especially Mason's theorem, to reduce elementary control system diagrams to canonical form.
Establish system stability or instability by the plotting of poles and zeros on the complex plane
Use the principle of superposition to establish the disturbance response of a multiple input multiple output (MIMO) system.
Write a laboratory report with relevant diagrams, screen shots, maths derivations and commentary demonstrating an understanding of the relationship between the practical experiment and the underlying theory.
Module Assessment Strategies
Final exam 60%
Practical reports 20%
Continuous assessment 20%
Indicative Syllabus
Continuous Systems:
Zero and first order system response to step and ramp inputs.
Use of Simulink simulation software.
Block diagram algebra.
Basic mathematical models of commonly encountered industrial systems (electrical, mechanical, fluid and thermal) will be developed.
Transfer functions.
Second order system response to step and ramp inputs.
Poles, zeros and stability,
RouthHurwitz stability criterion.
Laplace transforms.
Stability, unity feedback and steadystate error.
MIMO systems and disturbance rejection.
Transient and steadystate frequency response.
Indicative Practicals/Projects
Use of laboratory apparatus : inverted pendulum and flow, level and temperature control with software packages (e.g. Simulink, Matlab, Labview) to investigate the following:
First and second order system parameters.
First and second order transient and steadystate response characteristics
System stability in relation to the location of complex plane poles.
Characteristics of open and closedloop control.
Mathematical modelling of electrical, mechanical, thermal and fluid systems.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
Coursework Assessment
Title  Type  Form  Percent  Week  Learning Outcomes Assessed  

1  Written Report Laboratory Reports  Continuous Assessment  UNKNOWN  20 %  OnGoing  1,2,3,4,5,6,7 
2  Other Exam Supervised and unsupervised quizzes  Continuous Assessment  UNKNOWN  20 %  OnGoing  1,2,3,4,5,6 
End of Semester / Year Assessment
Title  Type  Form  Percent  Week  Learning Outcomes Assessed  

1  Final Exam  Final Exam  UNKNOWN  60 %  End of Term  1,2,3,4,5,6 
Full Time Mode Workload
Type  Location  Description  Hours  Frequency  Avg Workload 

Laboratory Practical  Engineering Laboratory  Pratical  2  Weekly  2.00 
Tutorial  Flat Classroom  Theory  2  Weekly  2.00 
Module Resources
Authors 
Title 
Publishers 
Year 
W Bolton 
Control Engineering 
Longman 
1998 
Burns 
Advanced Control Engineering 
Butterworth Heineman 
2002 
Leigh 
Applied Digital Control 
Prentice Hall 
2007 
Nise 
Control Systems Engineering 
Wiley 
2013 




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