Design of Modern Control Systems

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IET, 1982 - Technology & Engineering - 332 pages
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This book presents developments in analysis and design techniques for control systems. Included are exciting results for feedback systems using complex variable methods, the important concept of robustness in controller design and the increasingly important topic of decentralized control for large scale systems. These and many other contributions illustrate the great activity and rapid progress which has taken place in the subject over the past few years. Only by bringing these contributions together under one cover can the practising engineer in industry and indeed the engineer in university or polytechnic keep fully informed on the 'state of the art' on a number of different fronts. Application of the theoretical developments and practical aspects of the subject are not forgotten; analysis and design of a nuclear boiler and some direct digital control system design procedures are but two topics discussed in the present book. Several of the chapters are followed by problems on the subject matter and worked solutions to most of these problems are given at the end of the book. This aspect will find favour with many readers since such contributions are often a great help in the understanding of the subject matter.


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Complex variable methods in feedback
Robustness in variable control systems design
A design study using the characteristic locus
The inverse Nyquist array design method
Analysis and design of a nuclear boiler control
Optimal control
Control system design via mathematical programming
Optimisation in multivariable design
Some DDC system design procedures
Robust controller design
Control of distributed parameter systems
Decentralised control
Chapter 5
Chapter 10
Chapter 11

Pole assignment
Nonlinear systems

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About the author (1982)

David Bell obtained his B.Sc. in Mathematics (1955) from the University of Manchester and his M.Sc, Ph.D. degrees (1962,1970) in Mathematics from the University of London. From 1955 to 1961 he worked as a research mathematician for the aircraft firm A. V. Roe and Co. Ltd., followed by a period as lecturer in Mathematics at the Bristol College of Science and Technology (1961-1964), and the University of Bath (1964-1967). His present joint appointment between the Department of Mathematics and the Control Systems Centre at UMIST was taken up as a lecturer in 1967 and senior lecturer in 1973.

Peter Cook obtained his B.A. in Mathematics (1962) from the University of Cambridge and his Ph.D. (1966) in Theoretical Physics from the University of Manchester. He was then appointed lecturer in Applied Mathematics (1968) at the University of Kent. From 1971 to 1974 he was a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Mathematics at the Loughborough University of Technology. Since 1974 he has been a lecturer in Control Engineering at the Control Systems Centre, UMIST.

Neil Munro obtained his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (1962) from Strathclyde University and his M.Sc. (1967) and Ph.D. (1969) in Control Engineering from the University of Manchester. He was then appointed as a lecturer (1969), senior lecturer (1973) and Professor of Applied Control Engineering (1979) in the Control Systems Centre, UMIST. He has also spent some 10 years in industry as an electronics technician, development engineer and design engineer working for Barr and Stroud Ltd., Ferranti, Parkinson-Cowan Measurement and ICL.