ME 461 COURSE PROFILE
DEGREE PROGRAM: Mechanical Engineering

COURSE NUMBER: ME 461 COURSE TITLE: Automatic Control
REQUIRED COURSE OR ELECTIVE COURSE: Elective TERMS OFFERED: Fall
TEXTBOOK / REQUIRED MATERIAL: PRE / CO-REQUISITES: MECHENG 360. I (3 credits)
COGNIZANT FACULTY: H. Peng
COURSE TOPICS:
  1. System modeling, time-domain and frequency-domain techniques
  2. Control specifications (overshoot, rise time, settling time, steady-state error)
  3. Stability
  4. PID controllers
  5. Root locus method for control design
  6. Frequency response
  7. Lead and lag compensation
  8. State-space method for control design
  9. Digital control
  10. Computer methods for analysis and simulation of dynamic systems
BULLETIN DESCRIPTION: Feedback control design and analysis for linear dynamic systems with emphasis on mechanical engineering applications; transient and frequency response; stability; system performance; control modes; state space techniques; digital control systems.
COURSE STRUCTURE/SCHEDULE: Lecture: 2 days per week at 1.5 hour

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
for each course objective, links to the Program Outcomes are identified in brackets.

  1. Model mechanical systems [1, 5]
  2. Express control specifications [3, 5]
  3. Determine system performance [1, 5]
  4. Design compensators to meet control specifications [3, 5]
  5. Understand digital implementation of control systems [3, 11]
  6. Use software tools to model, analyze, and simulate control system performance [3, 5, 11]
COURSE OUTCOMES:
for each course outcome, links to the Course Objectives are identified in brackets.
  1. Find differential equation and transfer function of single-input, single-output mechanical system [1]
  2. Draw feedback system block diagram and find closed-loop transfer function [1]
  3. Translate time-domain specifications into frequency-domain requirements [2]
  4. Determine steady-state error to step and ramp inputs and disturbances [2, 3]
  5. Given a system transfer function, find time-domain behavior (impulse, step and frequency response) [3]
  6. Design PI, PD, PID, lead, and lag compensators to meet control goals [4]
  7. Use software tools to design state-space controllers to meet control goals [4]
  8. Use software tools to translate continuous-time controllers into digital equivalent [5]
  9. Find closed-loop transfer function, system poles, frequency response using software tools [6]
  10. Simulate system behavior using software tools [6]
ASSESSMENT TOOLS:
for each assessment tool, links to the course outcomes are identified
  1. Regular homework problems
  2. Exam(s) and/or project(s)

PREPARED BY: H. Peng
LAST UPDATED: 6/16/17