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Control Systems 2 ENG744


Introduction to fundamentals of control designer concepts. Signal flow graphs will be covered with focus on cascade, parallel, controller canonical, observer canonical and phase variable forms. Frequency domain (PID) designs will be covered using a root locus to improve steady state errors and transient responses. Both cascade and feedback compensators will be considered along with the effects of both major loop and minor loop feedback configurations. Physical realisable systems for these configurations will then be shown. Time domain (state space) controllers will be used to determine pole placement strategies. Controllability and observability concepts will be introduced along with their respective transformation matrices. Feedback controllers using phase-variable, controller canonical and observer canonical forms will be discussed. State space integral controllers to improve steady state errors in time domain
design will be shown. The z-transform will be discussed using basic sampling (ADC/DAC) concepts. Deriving a pulse transfer function using phantom samplers will be shown. Digital controller design concepts will be shown by mapping to the z-plane. Investigating the stability and other applications through proper selection bilinear transformation techniques. Digital controllers will be designed to meet a specified desired response using the root locus.


Unit name Control Systems 2
Unit code ENG744
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering
Coordinator Doctor Brian Salmon
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse complex dynamic systems, and develop empirical models from process data.
  • Design advanced controllers in the time and frequency domains.
  • Implement advanced loop control strategies applied in the process industry.
  • Design, tune and troubleshoot practical implementations of industrial PID controllers.
  • Explain how relevant applied research may inform the modern practice of¬†advanced¬†process control engineering.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,938.00

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Teaching Pattern

Lectures: 3x 1-hour sessions per week

Tutorials: 1x 1-hour session per week

Laboratory: 2x 3-hour sessions

AssessmentFinal exam (30%)|Assessed tutorials (10%)|Design project (40%)|Laboratory (20%)
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