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ES3C8 - Systems Modelling and Control

  • Module code: ES3C8
  • Module name: Systems Modelling and Control
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Most disciplines of the engineering profession require a sound understanding of the techniques used in the modelling and control of dynamic, multi-domain physical, and other, systems. The aims of this module are: to build on techniques and computer tools for modelling, predicting and analysing the behaviour of dynamic systems; and to build on concepts, principles and techniques employed in classical methods of single loop feedback control system design.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • Develop mathematical models of physical systems using appropriate physical laws and expressing the models with ordinary differential equations, utilise engineering analysis to demonstrate commonality in behaviour.
  • Apply analytical techniques for analyzing the response of both linear and nonlinear systems in time and frequency domain to a range of inputs.
  • Utilise computational methods (Matlab/Simulink) to analyse and predict dynamical behaviour of physical systems (e.g. steady-state and transient response to a range of inputs) including stability performance analysis.
  • Develop state space models for both linear and nonlinear systems, and utilize appropriate techniques to perform state space analysis including design of state space feedback control systems.
  • Utilize computational methods in MATLAB/SIMULINK to apply concepts and techniques for analysis of the behaviour of open loop physical systems, and to design feedback control systems (PID), analyse their behaviour and assess their stability.