Professional Diploma Control and Systems Engineering

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Control engineering or control systems engineering is an engineering discipline that deals with control systems, applying control theory to design equipment and systems with desired behaviors in control environments.

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Course Curriculum

1. Control Fundamentals

  • Laplace transform and inverse Laplace transform
  • Analysis of single-input single-output control structures, including open-loop, closed-loop, feedforward and two-degree-of-freedom control structures.
  • Analysis of step/impulse responses of first and second order dynamic systems
  • Design and tuning of proportional control, PI control, PD control and PID control
  • Interpretation of root locus
  • Frequency response, including direct measurement of responses
  • Assignments

2. State-Space and Multivariable Control

  • Introduction to state variables, order and state equations
  • State space modelling of dynamical systems – applications and examples
  • Controllable canonical form and observer canonical form
  • State space realisation of transfer functions
  • State transition matrix, matrix exponential and time response of state space models
  • Modal form, modal behaviour and system dynamics
  • Assignments

3. Digital Control & System Identification

  • Motivation for digital control theory, including computer-based control
  • Stability analysis
  • Classical analysis in the discrete domain
  • Exemplar system identification problems
  • Measurements and Statistics
  • Least square problem Statistic foundation
  • Assignments

4. Nonlinear and Adaptive Control Systems

  • Characteristics of nonlinear behaviour, linearized models
  • Phase-plane methods; approximate construction of state trajectories
  • Describing functions; use in predicting oscillations
  • Compensation for nonlinearities; feedback linearization
  • Integrator backstepping and iterative backstepping design
  • Adaptive control of nonlinear systems and adaptive backstepping
  • Assignments

5. Process Control & Model Predictive Control

  • PID controller structure: ideal/parallel/series, position/velocity implementation of digital PID
  • PID controller tuning: Ziegler-Nichols and Cohen-Coon, Internal Model Control with lambda-tuning
  • Enhanced control: cascade control, feedforward control, multi-loop control utilising de-couplers, Smith Predictor
  • Multi-loop interaction analysis using Relative Gain Array
  • Real-time process optimisation using Linear Programming technique
  • Assignments

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