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EE3043: CONTROL SYSTEMS (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:19

Course Overview

The aim of the course is to provide students with a basic understanding and concepts of control systems. The course starts by introducing basic concepts of feedback control systems using a number of practical examples. Mathematical modelling of physical systems and representing them in block diagrams with transfer functions are presented. Basic control system response characteristics (stability, transient response, steady state response) and analysis and design procedures are introduced using first and second order systems. Analysis of control systems using Routh-Hurwitz criterion, root locus, and Bode plot methods are considered.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Thangavel Thevar

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either EG2012 Engineering Mathematics 2 (Passed) or EG2509 Engineering Mathematics 2 (Passed)
  • One of Engineering (EG) (Studied) or BSc Engineering (Electrical & Electronic) (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Electrical and Electronic) (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Electr and Electro) Edin Col (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Mechanical and Electrical) (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Mechanical & Electrical Eng (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either EE2504 Electronic Systems (Passed) or EG2504 Electronic Systems (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

1.    Basic System Concepts: Open loop systems; closed loop systems; feedback; disturbances; sensitivity.

2.    Models: Differential equations; characteristics of linear system; significant non-linearities; transfer functions; block diagrams and block diagram algebra;
       modelling of electromechanical and electrohydraulic components and systems; characteristic equation.

3.    Time domain performance analysis: test inputs; transient and steady state response; response parameters; poles; stability; Routh-Hurwitz; low order   
       systems and approximations.                                                                                                                

4.    Root locus analysis & design: Control system performance analysis using root locus method. Control system design using root locus method: PID controllers
       and lead-lag compensators.      

5.    Frequency domain analysis & design: Graphical presentation, Bode diagrams; frequency domain stability criterion; gain and phase margins. Frequency 
      domain compensation using Bode diagrams, lead and lag compensators.

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Science Laboratories during University weeks 15 - 16
  • 1 Science Laboratory during University week17
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

On Campus Class Test (10%)

Lab (10%)

Online Exam (60%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Resit of only the failed assessment component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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