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EE20100: Integrated control system design

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX 50%
Assessment Detail:
  • Mouse report (CW 50%)
  • Examination (EX 50%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take EE10170 or equivalent.
Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this unit students will have demonstrated the ability to: model the dynamic behaviour of simple electromechanical systems using Laplace transforms; analyse and predict the steady-state and transient response of a number of analogue control schemes; use root-locus diagrams to estimate transient response, stability and controller robustness; select closed-loop-controller form and characteristics to meet a target specification.

Aims: To give students a basic understanding of a wide range of analogue control system design techniques. To introduce students to the design processes by taking a requirement through to a prototype device.
After completing this unit, students should be able to: write a design specification for a product; carry out a top-down systematic design; identify and specify interface requirements for sub-systems; design forward path and feedback path analogue control systems; design unity feedback controllers; demonstrate an appreciation of how assumptions about the system model can affect the effectiveness of the design solution.

Skills: Problem solving; systematic mathematical modelling and analysis, independent tutorial problem solving, working on experimental systems in lab groups, implementing and observing practical control systems. Taught, facilitated and tested.

Content: Basic electromechanical system modelling, features of open-loop and closed-loop control, block diagram representation and manipulation, Laplace transform analysis and transfer function derivation, steady-state error, dynamic-response performance measurement, system-stability assessment, root-locus method.

Programme availability:

EE20100 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • UEXX-AFB02 : BEng(Hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEXX-AKB02 : BEng(Hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEXX-AFM02 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEXX-AKM02 : MEng(Hons) Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEEE-AFM16 : MEng(Hons) Robotics Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEEE-AKM16 : MEng(Hons) Robotics Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UEEE-AFB16 : BEng(Hons) Robotics Engineering (Year 2)
  • UEEE-AKB16 : BEng(Hons) Robotics Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 2)


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