MECT08003 2016 Control Systems Analysis and Design 402

General Details

Full Title
Control Systems Analysis and Design 402
Transcript Title
CS Analysis and Design 402
N/A %
Subject Area
MECT - Mechatronics
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Kevin Collins, Marion McAfee

Control Systems engineering 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 Analysis and Design 402 addresses modern control strategies that are applicable to a range of systems from manufacturing to avionics.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Write a laboratory report with relevant diagrams, screen shots, maths derivations and commentary conveying the control design process which displays an understanding of the relationship between the practical experiment and the underlying theory.


Apply z-transform methods to calculate digital system response to impulse and step inputs.


Design digital controllers using a variety of techniques and be able to evaluate the applications and limitations of different digital control strategies.


Apply strategies to deal with commonly encountered digital controller design problems e.g. instability, control signal oscillation, aliasing etc.


Use appropriate software for computer aided design, simulation, testing and analysis of the control design strategies outlined.


Implement and evaluate advanced state-space control strategies such as design of state-space tracking systems and state observers

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures on background theory with applied examples of implementing the various analysis and design strategies. Students must reflect on theory in completion of regular quiz-type assesments/tutorial sheets.

Practical laboratory sessions where students use computer aided analysis and design software in the design, simulation and testing of control strategies - both on simulations and real physical plant. Students must complete a professional write up of the design process with critical evaluation of the results.



Module Assessment Strategies

Final exam 60%

Practical design projects and reports 30%

Continuous assessment 10%

Repeat Assessments


Module Dependencies

MECT08002 201300 Control Systems Analysis and Design 401

Indicative Syllabus


Modern control strategies for commonly encountered industrial systems (electrical, mechanical, fluid and thermal) will be developed.

State-Space methods:

  • Determining the steady-state error of a state-space system model in response to a unit step input
  • Tracking system design
  • Design of full-order state observers


Digital control methods

  • z transform and pulse transfer functions
  • zero-order hold and difference equations
  • numerical PID control
  • Bilinear transformation methods: tustin, rectangular, matched pole-zero
  • Design in the 'z-domain' e.g. Kalman and Dahlin Controllers
  • Control signal oscillation and methods for dealing with it

Indicative Practicals/Projects

Use of computer aided design and analysis software for implementing the above control strateges in modelling and control of e.g.:

  • D.C. motor
  • Control of Process plant
  • Car cruise control
  • Ship steering.
  • Satellite tracking
  • DVD head positioning
  • Flatness control for metal rolling.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Other Exam Supervised and unsupervised quizzes Continuous Assessment Assessment 10 % OnGoing 2,3,4,5,6
2 Written Report of practical design projects Continuous Assessment Written Report 30 % 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 2,3,4,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Lecture Flat Classroom Theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources







Dorf & Bishop

Modern Control Systems Pearson 2011


Control Systems Engineering




Modern Control Engineering



URL Resources

Control Tutorials for MATLAB and SIMULINK:


Other Resources


Additional Information