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ME50029: Control systems

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 20%)
  • Examination (EX 80%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
ME50029 Mandatory extra work (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To develop an understanding of the techniques available for the analysis and design of practical continuous-time control systems.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* Interpret a control system specification.
* Design and predict the behaviour of practical continuous-time control systems.
* Use Matlab/Simulink software to undertake design tasks.
* Undertake individual independent study of relevant topic.

Problem solving; numeracy; IT; working independently.

Analysis of control system transient response using Laplace transforms. Linearisation of non-linear systems. Estimation of continuous-time transient response using the s-plane. System design specifications. Control system design and analysis using Root Locus Methods.
State-space representation. Use of Matlab/Simulink software to design and analyse control systems. Topics for self study that could be examined.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ME50029 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mathematical Sciences


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