Control 3 ENG3015
- Academic Session: 2020-21
- School: School of Engineering
- Credits: 10
- Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
- Typically Offered: Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: Yes
This course introduces students to the problems of automatic control with practical illustrations drawn from various areas of electrical, mechanical and process engineering.
2 lectures per week
ENG3021 Dynamics & Control 3
ENG3022 Dynamics & Control M3
90% Written Exam
10% Report (Laboratory Report)
Main Assessment In: April/May
The aims of this course are to:
■ introduce students to the problems of automatic control, with practical illustrations;
■ provide a basic understanding of techniques used to model engineering systems and to allow students to gain a physical understanding of the factors influencing the steady-state and dynamic response of practical systems;
■ provide an understanding of the time-domain and frequency-domain methods of analysis of control systems;
■ provide an understanding of the properties of proportional, integral and derivative controllers;
■ gain experience of real closed-loop control systems and to learn about analysis methods using computer-based techniques.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of the course students should be able to:
■ draw block diagrams of systems and manipulate such block diagrams;
■ explain the concept of stability and compute the stability of a system using standard techniques;
■ identify the poles and zeros of a system and plot such poles and zeros in the Argand Plane;
■ contrast open-loop and closed-loop systems;
■ draw root-locus diagrams and infer properties of closed-loop systems from the position of the closed-loop poles;
■ sketch Bode and Nyquist plots and analyse system behaviour from them (including gain and phase margins and system bandwidth);
■ describe frequency responses as polar plots;
■ describe the properties of PID feedback controllers;
■ design and analyse foundational feedback control systems.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must attend the degree examination and submit at least 75% by weight of the other components of the course's summative assessment.
Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.