Albuquerque, New Mexico
June 24, 2001
June 24, 2001
June 27, 2001
6.951.1 - 6.951.11
Teaching Modern Control System Analysis and Design
Robert H. Bishop, Richard C. Dorf The University of Texas at Austin / The University of California, Davis
In today s university classroom, the process by which classical and modern control theory is taught must address the issue of integrating the theory with pertinent design issues, including modeling, implementation, complexity, and cost. In this paper the authors discuss a control system analysis and design approach adopted in their textbooks in which a series of steps embodied in a block diagram is suggested to guide students through the design process. Two examples are presented to highlight the use of the design process block diagram.
Most engineering professors understand that a design paradigm shift has occurred in recent years wherein product performance issues are overshadowed by manufacturing and cost issues. Practical matters are paramount. As might be expected, the various engineering disciplines have been impacted to varying degrees. In the systems and controls area, the design paradigm shift emphasizes the need for students to understand the practical issues (such as modeling and implementation) associated with control system design. In the past, these practical issues have been the forte of mechanical, chemical, and aerospace engineering departments, while the delivery of systems and control theory has been the strength of electrical engineering departments. This comment is based on anecdotal (hence debatable) evidence and certainly there are exceptions. What is clear, however, is that to prepare students for productive careers in systems and controls, engineering courses must address the issue of integrating the theory with relevant design issues, including modeling, implementation, complexity, and cost. As always, we must remain cognizant of the fact that every student should design control systems upon a firm foundation of mathematics and systems theory. So in the end it is a question of balance. We believe that the control system analysis and design approach adopted by the authors in their learning materials, including the textbook entitled Modern Control Systems1, the supplemental text Modern Control Systems Analysis and Design Using MATLAB and Simulink2, and the website http://www.prenhall.com/dorf achieves this balance, hence can play a significant role in presenting practical notions of design of control systems in a chalk-and-talk lecture.
It is important to introduce students to the process of control system design in a fashion that is familiar and inviting. To this end, for students studying control systems we suggest a series of steps embodied in the familiar block diagram form shown in Fig. 1 to guide students through the design process. Since design is a creative endeavor, there is not a unique design approach that always leads to a good design for different classes of problems. Recognizing this fact, we
Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ' 2001, American Society for Engineering Education
Bishop, R., & Dorf, R. (2001, June), Teaching Modern Control System Analysis And Design Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. https://peer.asee.org/9871
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