A History of Control Engineering, 1800-1930 (I E E Conference Publication)

 
9780906048078: A History of Control Engineering, 1800-1930 (I E E Conference Publication)

Following his book on the origin of control engineering (1800-1930 (see separate entry), the author now traces development through the critical period 1930-1955, widely identified as the period of 'classical' control theory. In the 1930s basic automatic control devices were developed and used in process industries, as were servos for the control of aircraft and ships and amplifiers for the telephone system and early computers etc. During the war many disparate ideas were brought together for the development of aircraft tracking and response systems -- leading to classical control theory which dominated the field through the 1950s. The foundations were also being laid for the introduction of what we now term 'modern' control theory.

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A History of Control Engineering 1930-1955 - ISBN 0863412807
Applied Control Theory, 2nd Edition - ISBN 0863410898

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Stuart Bennett lectures in control engineering at the University of Sheffield, England. After a student apprenticeship with the British Aircraft Corporation, he spent four years on research into the lubrication of components for spacecraft. He joined the Control Engineering Department of the University of Sheffield in 1968, where his main interests have been computer control and the history and development of control engineering - complementary interests that have led to his involvement in the teaching of courses on the relationship between technology and society. Dr Bennett is a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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