Applied Control Theory
'To the surprise of some undergraduates, processes do not carry labels marking their variables nor, alas, are they conveniently classified into linear, nonlinear, stochastic, etc., categories. The ability to come to terms with this situation is a prerequisite for anyone proposing to succeed in an industrial environment.' This quotation from Chapter 1 characterises the viewpoint of the book, which is concerned with the application of control theory to real problems in their industrial context.
The book is structured around the following beliefs:
This second edition includes new material and supporting references on:
The book should be accessible to a wide variety of engineers. Preferably they should have an elementary knowledge of automatic control theory.
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The economics of industrial control
Measurement for control
Simple controllers and methods for setting their parameters
Direct digital control DDC algorithms for singleinputsingleoutput
Standard methods for the control of singleinputsingleoutput
Further techniques for controller design
Methods for the analysis and design of multiloop processes
Computer control methods