This introductory book provides an in-depth, comprehensive treatment of a collection of classical and state-space approaches to control system design—and ties the methods together so that a designer is able to pick the method that best fits the problem at hand. It includes case studies and comprehensive examples with close integration of MATLAB throughout the book. Chapter topics include an overview and brief history of feedback control, dynamic models, dynamic response, basic properties of feedback, the root-locus design method, the frequency-response design method, state-space design, digital control, and control-system design. A basic reference for control systems engineers.
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In this fourth edition we again had the objectives of retaining the best of the previous editions, to rewrite key sections where we felt it was possible to improve the presentations and enhance the book's pedagogical effectiveness, and to take better advantage of the wide use of computers in control design, especially the toolboxes of MATLAB and Simulink, from The Mathworks, Inc.
The basic structure of the book is unchanged and we continue to combine analysis with design using the three approaches of the root locus, frequency response, and state variable equations. The text continues to include carefully worked out examples, many of them new to this edition, to illustrate the material. As a new feature, to assist the students in verifying that they have learned the material, we provide a set of review questions at the end of each chapter with answers in the back of the book. While modest changes were made throughout the entire book, special attention was given to the introduction of transforms in Chapter 3, to the introduction to feedback in Chapter 4, and to the organization and statements of the problems appearing at the end of each chapter.
In the three central chapters on the design methods, we continue to expect the students to learn how to perform the basic calculations by hand in order to be able to guide a design by understanding (and frequently by a quick sketch) rather than by computer rote. However, more than in previous editions, we de-emphasize the manual work and introduce computer tools early on in recognition of the universal use of these tools in control analysis and design. For example, we no longer mark certain problems as requiring a computer but, rather, expect that the student has access to a computer in every case, as needed.
Furthermore, in recognition of the fact that, increasingly, controllers are implemented in embedded computers, we introduce digital control in Chapter 4 and in a number of cases compare the responses of feedback systems using analog controllers with those having a digital "equivalent" controller. As before, we have prepared a collection of all the MATLAB ".m" files used to produce the figures in the book and these are available at the companion web site for this title:
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As representative applications of control, we again present extensive case studies in Chapter 9. In this edition we have added new studies of the control of the read-write head assembly of a computer hard disk and the temperature control of a silicon wafer in a Rapid Thermal Processor used in the fabrication of integrated circuits.
We feel that this fourth edition presents the material with good pedagogical support, provides strong motivation for the study of control, and represents a solid foundation for meeting the educational challenges of a study of feedback control.
Addressing the Educational Challenges
Some of the educational challenges facing students of feedback control are long-standing; others have emerged in recent years. Some of the challenges remain for students across their entire engineering education; others are unique to this relatively sophisticated course. Whether they are old or new, general or particular, the educational challenges we perceived were critical to the evolution of this text. Here we will state several educational challenges and describe our approaches to each of them.
Design is central to all of engineering and especially to control systems. Students find that design issues, with their corresponding opportunities to tackle practical applications, particularly motivating. But students also find design problems difficult because design problem statements are usually poorly posed and lack unique solutions. Because of both its inherent importance for and its motivational effect on students, design is emphasized throughout this text so that confidence in solving design problems is developed from the start.
The emphasis on design begins in Chapter 4, following the development of modeling and dynamic response. The basic idea of feedback is introduced first, showing its influence on disturbance rejection, tracking accuracy, and robustness to parameter changes. The design orientation continues with uniform treatments of the root locus, frequency response, and state variable feedback techniques. All of the treatments are aimed at providing the knowledge necessary to find a good feedback control design with no more complex mathematical development than is essential to clear understanding.
Throughout the text, examples are used to compare and contrast the design techniques afforded by the different design methods and, in the capstone case studies of Chapter 9, complex real-world design problems are tackled using all of the methods in a unified way.
Control is an active field of research and hence there is a steady influx of new concepts, ideas, and techniques. In time, some of these elements develop to the point where they join the list of things every control engineer must know. This text is devoted to supporting students equally in their need to grasp both traditional and more modern topics.
In each of our previous editions we have tried to give equal time to root locus, frequency response, and state variable methods for design. In this edition we have shifted the emphasis from manual design methods augmented with computer tools to an emphasis on computer-aided methods augmented with a solid mastery of the underlying techniques. Included in this re-emphasis is the early introduction of sampling, which enables one to design digital controllers. While this material can be skipped to save time without disruption of the flow of the text, we feel that it is very important for students to recognize that digital control is being used increasingly and that the most basic techniques of digital control are easily mastered.
With regret we acknowledge that we are not able at this time to introduce the important topics of hybrid control or designs based on various optimization methods.
The vast array of systems to which feedback control is applied and the growing variety of techniques available for the solution of control problems means that today's student of feedback control must learn many new ideas. How do students keep their perspective as they plow through lengthy and complex textual passages? How do they identify highlights and draw conclusions? How do they review for exams? Helping students with these tasks was a criterion for the fourth edition. We outline these features in the accompanying table on page xiv.
Feedback control is an interdisciplinary field in that control is applied to systems in every conceivable area of engineering. Consequently, some schools have separate introductory courses for control within the standard disciplines and some, such as Stanford University, have a single set of courses taken by students from many disciplines. However, to restrict the examples to one field is to miss much of the range and power of feedback; but to cover the whole range of applications is overwhelming. In this book we develop the interdisciplinary nature of the field and provide review material for several of the most common technologies so that students from many disciplines will be comfortable with the presentation. For electrical engineering students who typically have a good background in transform analysis, we include an introduction to writing equations of motion for mechanical mechanisms in Chapter 2. For mechanical engineers, we include in Chapter 3 a review of the Laplace Transform and dynamic response as needed in control. In addition, we introduce other technologies briefly and, from time to time, we present the equations of motion of a physical system without derivation but with enough physical description to be understood from a response point of view. Examples of some of the physical systems represented in the text include the read-write head for a computer disk drive, a satellite tracking system, the fuel-air ratio in an automobile engine, and an airplane autopilot system.
Outline of the Book
The contents of the book is organized into nine chapters and seven appendixes. The chapters include some sections of advanced or enrichment material marked with a triangular blue icon that can be omitted without interfering with the flow of the material. Examples and problems based on this material are also marked with these icons. The appendixes include background and reference material such as Laplace transform tables, a review of complex variables, a review of matrix theory, and answers to the end-of-chapter review questions.
In Chapter 1, the essential ideas of feedback and some of the key design issues are introduced. The chapter also contains a brief history of control, from the ancient beginnings of process control to the contributions of flight control and electronic feedback amplifiers. It is hoped that this brief history will give a context for the field, introduce some of the key figures who contributed to its development, and provide motivation to the student for the studies to come.
Chapter 2 is a short presentation of dynamic modeling and includes mechanical, electrical, electro-mechanical, fluid, and thermodynamic devices. It also discusses th...
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