Module Title:Control System Design
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Module Aim: To analyse the behaviour and control of dynamic systems. To design control strategies to modify the responses of dynamic systems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Define the performance characteristics of a control system.
LO2 Design a control strategy in order to achieve the required system specifications.
LO3 Demonstrate open-loop systems and select and tune appropriate closed-loop, P, PI and PID controllers modelled in Matlab.
LO4 Analyse the operation and performance of a feedback control system.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Review of control systems
Applications of feedback control Reasons for using feedback The design process
System modelling
Experimental methods Mathematical modelling -Use of differential equations -Use of Laplace Transforms -Poles and zeros Block diagrams -Block diagram reduction -Disturbance inputs -Transfer functions Signal flow graphs
Time response
Transient and steady state responses -First and higher order responses -Time delay -Specifications
Frequency response
Introduction Frequency response specifications -System gain in dB -Bandwidth -Effect of system order -Resonance Frequency response diagrams -Bode diagrams. First & higher order systems. Time delay. -Closed loop
System stability
The Bode Stability Criterion -Gain & phase margins Nyquist Analysis Transfer functions and pole-zero plots -Closed loop response The Routh-Hurwitz Criterion
Open and closed loop systems Parameter variations
Servo Systems
Components of a servo control system -Specifications -Responses System responses to standard inputs Design examples and component selection Application areas - Robot systems
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions n/a 1,4 10.00 Week 4
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Matlab Practicals 1,2,3,4 30.00 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,4 60.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Lab/Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 137.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EMMEC_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 7 Mandatory