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ME401: Dynamic Systems & Controls

Unit 5: Advanced Topics and Case Studies   Once we have an understanding of dynamic systems and controls, it is good to explore other advanced topics such as the ones outlined below.  We will also look at case studies pertaining to controller designs for various dynamic systems.

Unit 5 Time Advisory
This unit should take you 13 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 5.1: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 5.2: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 5.3: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 5.4: 7 hours

☐    Subunit 5.4.1: 2.5 hours

☐    Subunit 5.4.2: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 5.4.3: 2.5 hours

Unit5 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Explain advanced control techniques such as digital controls, robust controls, and Z-transformations.
  • Relate the application of control systems to real world problems using various case studies.

5.1 Digital Control   - Reading: University of Wisconsin-Madison: Dr. Duffie’s “Lecture 36: Digital Control Systems” The Saylor Foundation does not yet have materials for this portion of the course. If you are interested in contributing your content to fill this gap or aware of a resource that could be used here, please submit it here.

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5.2 Robust Control   - Reading: University of Wisconsin-Madison: Dr. Duffie’s “Lecture 34: Design for Robust Control” The Saylor Foundation does not yet have materials for this portion of the course. If you are interested in contributing your content to fill this gap or aware of a resource that could be used here, please submit it here.

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5.3 Z-Transforms   - Web Media: University of Wisconsin-Madison: Dr. Duffie’s “Z-Transforms” The Saylor Foundation does not yet have materials for this portion of the course. If you are interested in contributing your content to fill this gap or aware of a resource that could be used here, please submit it here.

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5.4 Case Studies   5.4.1 Case 1: Dynamics and Control of a Cruise Control System   - Reading: University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon University: Control Tutorials for MATLAB: “Modeling Cruise Control Systems” Link: University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon University: Control Tutorials for MATLAB: “Modeling Cruise Control Systems” (HTML)
           
Instructions: Please read the entire webpage, “Physical Setup and System Equations” through “Closed-Loop Transfer Function.”  It is a case study on cruise control systems. 
 
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5.4.2 Case 2: Dynamics and Control of a Bus Suspension System   - Reading: University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon University: “Modeling a Bus Suspension System Using Transfer Function” Link: University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon University: “Modeling a Bus Suspension System Using Transfer Function” (HTML)
           
Instructions: Please read the entire webpage, “Physical Setup” through “Control Block Diagram.”  It is a case study on controlling a bus suspension system. 
 
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5.4.3 Case 3: Dynamics and Control of a Ball and Beam System   - Reading: University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon University: “Example: Modeling the Ball and Beam Experiment” Link: University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon University: “Example: Modeling the Ball and Beam Experiment” (HTML)
           
Instructions: Please read the entire webpage.  It is a case study on controlling a ball and beam system. 
 
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