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Teaching Analog And Digital Control Theory In One Course

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.478.1 - 4.478.10

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Hakan B. Gürocak

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Session 3663

Teaching Analog And Digital Control Theory In One Course

Hakan B. Gurocak

Manufacturing Engineering Washington State University 14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave. Vancouver, WA 98686

Abstract: Today’s trend is towards a high level of manufacturing automation and design of smart products. All of these products or their manufacturing processes contain control systems. As indicated in a recent survey, both analog and digital control modes are used by the industry to implement controllers. In a typical undergraduate engineering curriculum a control systems course introducing the fundamental notions of analog control theory is offered. To learn digital control theory, students would have to take an extra course on digital control systems, usually at the graduate level. This paper explains the development of a hybrid classical/digital control systems course*. Also, laboratory experiments designed to support the new format are presented.

Introduction Manufacturing engineering is a very broad discipline. Consequently, manufacturing engineers typically engage in a diverse range of activities such as plant engineering, manufacturing processes, machine design, and product design. In just about any of these roles a manufacturing engineer is challenged by a control system since today’s trend is towards a high level of manufacturing automation and design of smart products. For example, such products include active suspensions in cars that can adjust to the road conditions or video cameras that can stabilize images that would otherwise be fuzzy due to the shaking of the hand holding the camera. As the industry continues to introduce more sophisticated control applications in its products and manufacturing processes, the engineers who design, develop and build these products and systems will face a challenging, dramatic change in their role. Therefore, they need to better understand and be able to apply control systems theory.

* Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education through grant DUE # 9796330.

Gürocak, H. B. (1999, June), Teaching Analog And Digital Control Theory In One Course Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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