2.14 / 2.140 Analysis and Design of Feedback Control Systems

Spring 2007

Astronaut in space, standing on a long robotic arm.
Feedback control systems are central to many advanced technologies such as robotics. In this photo, Mission Specialist Steve Robinson is anchored to a foot restraint on the International Space Station's robotic arm during a spacewalk. (Photo courtesy of NASA.)

Course Highlights

This course features a large bank of problems and solutions covering many topics in mechanical engineering, from which the assignments are partially taken.

Course Description

This course develops the fundamentals of feedback control using linear transfer function system models. It covers analysis in time and frequency domains; design in the s-plane (root locus) and in the frequency domain (loop shaping); describing functions for stability of certain non-linear systems; extension to state variable systems and multivariable control with observers; discrete and digital hybrid systems and the use of z-plane design. Assignments include extended design case studies and capstone group projects. Graduate students are expected to complete additional assignments.
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Prof. David Trumper

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Five sessions / term
3 hours / session

Recitations (Graduate Only):
One session / week
Arranged with Prof. Nayfeh


Undergraduate / Graduate