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ENEE461 Controls Laboratory

Course Description: Also offered as ENME461. The course consists of two parts.  The first part is a conventional undergraduate laboratory course in which the students perform a series of five experiments in controls.  The experiments are progressively more difficult.  Each experiment ends with a written report.

In the second part of the course the students do a control project.  The projects are done by teams of two.  The students must submit a pre-proposal, a proposal, and a final report as part of their project.

Prerequisite(s): ENEE 205, ENEE 322

Corequisite(s): None

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the design and implementation of control systems for single-input single-output linear time-invariant systems
  • Understand and be able to use the laboratory techniques, tools, and practices of control engineering
  • Be able to report the results of their work in the laboratory accurately, in appropriate detail, and concisely
  • Be able to specify components, implement a control systems, test and debug it,  and appropriately report the results of a control design project

Topics Covered:

  • PID control
  • Lead/Lag controller design
  • Modeling and identification of linear time-invariant systems
  • Implementation of control systems in a computer
  • Saturation and other nonlinearities in control systems
  • Techniques for understanding the effects of nonlinearity and compensating for it
  • The linear quadratic optimal regulator
  • Switching controllers