Dynamics and Control UESTC3001

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 12
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces the general behaviour of second-order dynamic systems with examples from electrical and mechanical systems, and shows how systems can be described by block diagrams and transfer functions. It goes on to analyse the behaviour of these systems using Laplace transforms, examine their transient behaviour and stability, and show how they can be controlled.

Timetable

This course will be timetabled in blocks, typically one week in four with tutorials and on-line support available between each block.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

None

Recommended Entry Requirements

None

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Assessment

Examination 75%

Laboratory 25%

 

Reassessment

In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

 

Due to the nature of the coursework and sequencing of courses, it is not possible to reassess the coursework laboratory.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Due to the nature of the coursework and sequencing of courses, it is not possible to reassess the coursework laboratory.

 

The initial grade on coursework laboratories will be used when calculating the resit grade.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to impart an understanding of systems within engineering, concentrating on their dynamics and how they are controlled.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students should be able to:

■ derive the equations of motion of engineering systems with single and multiple degree of freedom;

■ obtain transfer functions relating input to response of engineering systems and hence perform simple response calculations;

■ analyse both free and forced response of engineering systems;

■ analyse the response of engineering systems to harmonic inputs (vibrations);

■ represent control systems as block diagrams and hence formulate their overall transfer functions;

■ assess the stability of dynamic systems;

■ analyse and estimate the performance of proportional-integral-differential (PID) feedback controllers;

■ sketch root locus plots and analyse system behaviour from them;

■ sketch Bode plots and analyse system behaviour from them, including gain and phase margins and system bandwidth;

■ measure and analyse the dynamic behaviour of simple systems in the laboratory.

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. In addition students must submit work for assessment for the course laboratory or a grade of credit withheld will be given.

 

Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.

 

Note that these are minimum requirements: good students will achieve far higher participation/submission rates. Any student who misses an assessment or a significant number of classes because of illness or other good cause should report this by completing a MyCampus absence report.