12 - 16 March 2018

Course details

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Fees:
    - per module £2000
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**Pre-requisites: To undertake this module, it is recommended that applicants take the ‘Maths & Matlab’ module which is also offered via the CPD route**

Module leader

Jon Love


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Course aims

To provide a thorough grounding in the analysis and design of control systems using linear methods, especially by means of root locus and frequency response. 

Learning objectives

  • To become familiar with the terminology and nomenclature of open and closed loop systems. 
  • To develop an understanding of the transfer function relationships between input and output signals of single-input single-output systems. 
  • To gain experience of using block diagram algebra to obtain open and closed loop transfer functions. 
  • To develop a deep understanding of the significance of the characteristic equation in terms of poles and zeros in the s plane. 
  • To be able to relate closed loop performance requirements to the design of negative feedback control systems. 
  • To gain experience of using the root locus and frequency response methods for analysing and designing control systems. 

Course structure

This module is of one week's full-time intensive study consisting of a variety of formal lectures, informal tutorials for problem solving, and structured computer based laboratory work. The time allocation for practical work provides for PC based activity using the Matlab and Simulink packages, including use of the Control System Toolbox.  Exercises are carried out on the analysis and design of simple control systems.