Fundamentals of Control

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fundamentals of Control

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module provides the student with an introduction to basic principles of linear control systems in order to understand the purpose of feedback control, to understand the concept of stability and the methods used to determine stability level in closed loop systems.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Model simple linear control systems.
    2. Differentiate between open and closed loop control.
    3. Explain the benefits and drawbacks associated with feedback.
    4. Determine whether a system is stable, marginally stable or unstable.
    5. Predict the response of second order systems based on the location of the roots of the characteristic equation on the s-plane.
    6. Construct and interpret root locus diagrams for control systems.
    7. Construct and interpret Nyquist and Bode plots for control systems.
    8. Determine the gain and phase margins of simple control systems.

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