Jun 06, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ME 4302 - Automatic Control Systems

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course is an introduction to automatic controls in mechanical engineering applications, including fluid power and electromechanical systems. Root locus and frequency domain methods are used to model and analyze basic feedback control systems. Laboratory experiments use fluid power, mechanical, and electronic equipment. (prereq: ME 3301 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Use Laplace transformation and selected linearization techniques
  • Develop mathematical models of selected systems
  • Determine system stability using root locus techniques
  • Determine steady state errors due to reference and disturbance inputs
  • Construct root locus plots and use them to evaluate system transient response characteristics
  • Construct and analyze Bode plots

Prerequisites by Topic
  • System dynamics
  • Instrumentation

Course Topics
  • Mathematical models of systems
  • State variable models
  • Feedback control systems characteristics
  • Performance of feedback control systems
  • Stability of linear feedback systems
  • Root locus method
  • Frequency response methods
  • Stability in the frequency domain

Laboratory Topics
  • Laboratory measurement techniques
  • Dynamic system measurements and system identification
  • Steady-state valve characteristics
  • Dynamic response characteristics
  • Control system simulation
  • Rotary speed control
  • Position control

Dr. Daniel Williams

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