MECT08013 2019 Control Systems Analysis and Design 402

General Details

Full Title
Control Systems Analysis and Design 402
Transcript Title
Control Systems Analysis and D
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Subject Area
MECT - Mechatronics
MECT - Mechatronics
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Marion McAfee
Programme Membership
SG_EMTRN_K08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EMTOL_K08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EROBO_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Robotics and Automation

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 introduces the student to the state-space method of modelling and controlling multiple input and output systems.

Learning Outcomes

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


Derive in matrix form, the set of state equations for a multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) system (simple mechanical (linear and torsional), electrical and electro-mechanical systems)


Use matrix methods to determine whether a system is controllable and/or observable.


Design State Variable Feedback regulators for MIMO systems


Design tracking system controllers in state-space


Design full order state observers for state-space systems


Use Computer Aided Analysis and Design software in the simulation, analysis and design of state-space models and controllers


Write a professional report on the process of modelling, analysis and control system design applied to practical project work.

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 assessments/tutorial sheets.

Practical laboratory sessions where students use computer aided analysis and design software in the modelling, simulation and analysis of state-space systems and design of state-variable feedback controllers ‑ both on simulations and real physical plant. Students must complete a professional write up of the analysis/design process with critical evaluation of the results.

Module Assessment Strategies

Final exam 60%

Practical projects & reports 30% (MUST PASS)

Other continuous assessment 10%

Repeat Assessments


Indicative Syllabus

State Space methods

  • State-space modelling
  • Uncoupling state equations.
  • Controllability and observability.
  • Design of regulator control systems by Pole placement with State Variable Feedback
  • Design of tracking control systems with SVF and integral control
  • Design of full-order observers for state estimation

Indicative Practicals/Projects

Modelling/Analysis/Control of e.g.:

  • D.C. motor systems
  • Process Plant
  • Car cruise control
  • Inverted Pendulum
  • Satellite tracking
  • DVD head positioning

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 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Written Report of practical modelling/control design projects Continuous Assessment Written Report 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

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

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2016-12-14 Modern Control Systems, Global Edition Pearson
ISBN 1292152974 ISBN-13 9781292152974

For courses in Control Theory Developing Problem-Solving Skills Through Integrated Design and Analysis The purpose of Dorf's Modern Control Systems, Thirteenth Edition is to present the structure of feedback control theory and to provide a sequence of exciting discoveries. The book demonstrates various real-world, global engineering problems while touching on evolving design strategies like green technology. Some of the themes at-hand include climate change, clean water, sustainability, waste management, emissions reduction, and minimizing energy. Throughout the text, students apply theory to the design and analysis of control systems. The Thirteenth Edition continues to explore the role of and need for automated and precise control systems in green engineering. Key examples of green engineering, such as wind turbine control and the modeling of a photovoltaic generator to achieve maximum power delivery, are discussed in detail. The text is organized around the concept of control systems theory in the context of frequency and time domains. Written to be equally useful for all engineering disciplines, it covers topics such as classical control, employing root locus design, frequency and response design using Bode and Nyquist plots.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources







Dorf and Bishop

Modern Control Systems Pearson 2016


Control Systems Engineering




Modern Control Engineering



URL Resources

Control Tutorials for MATLAB and SIMULINK:

Other Resources


Additional Information