Linear Feedback Controls, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0124055133
  • ISBN-13: 9780124055131
  • DDC: 629.8
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 282 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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The design of control systems is at the very core of engineering. Feedback controls are ubiquitous, ranging from simple room thermostats to airplane engine control. Helping to make sense of this wide-ranging field, this book provides a new approach by keeping a tight focus on the essentials with a limited, yet consistent set of examples. Analysis and design methods are explained in terms of theory and practice. The book covers classical, linear feedback controls, and linear approximations are used when needed. In parallel, the book covers time-discrete (digital) control systems and juxtaposes time-continuous and time-discrete treatment when needed. One chapter covers the industry-standard PID control, and one chapter provides several design examples with proposed solutions to commonly encountered design problems. The book is ideal for upper level students in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biological/biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and agricultural and environmental engineering and provides a helpful refresher or introduction for graduate students and professionals.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Commonly Used Symbols.
1: Introduction to Linear Feedback Controls.
2: Systems and Signals.
3: Solving Differential Equations in the Laplace Domain.
4: Time-Discrete Systems.
5: First Comprehensive Example: The Temperature-Controlled Waterbath.
6: Laplace- and z-Domain Description of the Waterbath Example.
7: Block Diagrams: Formal Graphical Description of Linear Systems.
8: Linearization of Nonlinear Components.
9: A Tale of Two Poles: The Positioner Example and the Significance of the Poles in the s-Plane.
10: Stability Analysis for Linear Systems.
11: Frequency-Domain Analysis and Design Methods.
12: The Root Locus Method.
13: The PID Controller.
14: Design Examples.
Appendix A: Laplace Correspondence Tables.
Appendix B: Z-Transform Correspondence Tables.
Appendix C: Introduction to Operational Amplifiers.
Appendix D: Relevant Scilab Commands.
References and Further Reading.