ROSE-HULMAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

 

ME 506 ADVANCED CONTROL SYSTEMS

COURSE SYLLABUS - FALL 2014

1. INSTRUCTORS

 Dr. Brad Burchett
 Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Office: C-107 Moench Hall
Office Phone: 877-8929
E-mail: bradley.t.burchett@rose-hulman.edu

2. COURSE TOPICS

Linearization
Time domain: system response, analysis and design
Frequency domain
Nyquist Stability Criterion
state variable representation/description
stability, controllability, observability
Linear Optimal Regulator
Euler-Lagrange Optimal Control
Eigenstructure Assignment
state estimation/observers, Kalman Filter

3. COURSE TEXT BOOK

There is no required textbook for this course, however we will use the following for references (listed from greatest to least importance).

Control Systems Engineering, Norman S. Nise, Wiley, 2011.
Applied optimal control: optimization, estimation, and control, Arthur Earl Bryson, Yu-Chi Ho, limited view on Google Books
Numerical Methods for Linear Control Systems Design and Analysis:, Biswath Nath Datta
Linear System Theory: The State Space Approach, Lofti A. Zadeh, Charles A. Desoer

4. HOMEWORK SETS

Ten homework sets will be issued during the quarter. These problem sets are intended to deepen understanding of the material. The homework set grade is a substantial portion of the course grade and should be addressed accordingly.

5. LABORATORY EXERCISES

This course includes 5 laboratories which complement standard lectures. Laboratory materials will be issued prior to the actual laboratory so the student will be sufficiently prepared to execute the laboratory. Report requirements are as follows:

a. Read the lab assignment carefully.
b. Your report should have introduction, results/discussion, conclusion, and appropriate appendices.
c. Insure you answer completely the questions asked in the assignment.
d. Plots should be incorporated in the results/discussion section.
e. Plots should have x, and y axis labels, and grid lines on.
f. Your independent variable vector should be finely spaced so all curves appear smooth.
g. Matlab code should be included in the appendix.

6. GRADING

Grades in ME506 will be determined based on proficiency on Homework Sets, Laboratory Exercise Reports, Mid-Term Exams, and Final Exam. The relative weighting of each graded event is shown below:

 Homework Sets 350 pts
Laboratory Reports 170 pts
Mid-Term Exams 270 pts
Final Project 210 pts

Occasionally, students will be offered the opportunity to obtain extra credit points. These points are added to the student's total while the total points for the course remain at 1000.

7. LESSON DESCRIPTION

8. EXAM REFERENCE POLICY.

This is a closed-book course. However, you may bring one 8.5x11 sheet of paper (both sides) for the first exam, and two for the second exam. Computer reference policy will vary from exam to exam and will be announced prior to each exam.

9. WHAT TO EXPECT

Control systems is a truly interdisciplinary field. It has applications in the Ocean, Aeronautical, Astronautical, Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, Agricultural, and Chemical Engineering disciplines, to name a few. The wide spectrum of applications makes this a very exciting field. Mathematical rigor makes it challenging. I hope you'll find it challenging, and personally rewarding. This course is still developing, and as such, lessons may be changed during the semester. Students will be given ample notice of any change in the attached schedule.

Bradley T. Burchett