Aerospace Control I ENG5008

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides a theoretical background to classical control. Topics include frequency-domain and time-domain methods, multi-variable and state-space techniques. A laboratory gives the opportunity to apply the methods practically.


2 lectures per week

1 3-hour laboratory

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

Control 4 (ENG4042)

Control M (ENG5022)


Examination: 2 hours, Section A 40%, all questions compulsory; Section B 60%, choose 1 question from 2

Coursework: laboratory report

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course aims to provide an understanding of continuous time control systems, to develop linear control systems in the state space and in the frequency domains, and to introduce multi-variable control methods.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ explain frequency domain, time domain and state space concepts of control systems

■ use frequency domain design and analysis techniques, including Bode plots, Nyquist diagrams and the root locus method

■ analyse and design feedback controllers using proportional, integral and derivative (PID) control and pole placement

■ appreciate the use of Matlab and Simulink as simulation tools for control system analysis and design

■ represent dynamic systems in state space form

■ implement multi-variable control strategies

■ model a servo motor system and design, analyse and experimentally evaluate proportional feedback control

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.