Course: Applications of Automatic Control Methods

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Course title Applications of Automatic Control Methods
Course code MTI/MRA
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Hlava Jaroslav, doc. Dr. Ing.
  • Mrázek Petr, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Lectures 1. Mathematical modelling of time delay systems, examples of time delay systems 2. Systems with state delays, retarded and neutral systems, delay effects on stability 3. Control of time delay systems using PI and PID controllers 4. Smith predictor and its properties 5. Use of Smithova predictor for integrating and unstable systems, robustness of Smith predictor 6. Control of MIMO time delay systems 7.-8 Application of time delay systems, time delays in mechanical systems, telemanipulation systems, communication delays in distributed control systems etc. 9-10. Non-linear systems, control of non-linear by linear controllers, compensation of static non-linear characteristics, interaction of logical and continuous controls Laboratories and seminars: 1. Simulation experiments, delay effects on system behaviour and stability 2. Uncertainty in time delay systems, delay margin 3. Design and simulation of PID controllers for time delay systems 4. Design and simulation of Smith predictor controllers 5. Control of integrating systems, examples of applications 6. Robustness of control methods for time delay systems 7.-8 Design and simulation of more complex applications of time delay systems, independent work of students 9-10. Design and simulation of basic design approaches for non-linear systems

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing), Laboratory work
  • Class attendance - 40 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
This course is focused on practical applications of methods and algorithms of automatic control. Unlike most other courses it does not systematically develop some special field of control theory (such as robust control, nonlinear control etc.) but an attempt is made to show how approaches from various fields of control theory can be combined within the framework of large full scale applications of automatic control. A particular emphasis is put on phenomena that considerably complicate the application of classical finite dimensional linear control methods. These phenomena include time delays, nonlinearities and interactions of logical and continuous variables and systems. The course makes extensive use of knowledge that the students have acquired in the previous courses. New pieces of knowledge are (if necessary) explained within the context of suitable applications. The seminars and laboratory lessons are devoted to full scale control design case studies.
Students that have completed this course will better understand the considerations that must be taken into account when applying control methods to tasks of realistic complexity. Besides they will also deepen their knowledge in the fields of time delay systems control, non-linear and hybrid control.
Condition of registration: none

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined examination

Activity on the seminars and successful passing the tests are required for getting a credit. Examination is of the written and /or oral form (s). Understanding of the lectured topics is required.
Recommended literature
  • Huang, S., & Tan, K.K. & Lee T., H. (2001), Applied Predictive Control, Springer Verlag.
  • Johansson, R., & Rantzer, A. (2003), Nonlinear and Hybrid Systems in Automotive Control, Springer Verlag.
  • Levine W. S. (1999), Control system applications, CRC Press.
  • Niculescu, S. I. (2001), Delay Effects on Stability: A Robust Control Approach, Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, vol. 269, Berlin: Springer.
  • Silva, G., J., Datta, A., & Bhattacharyya, S., P. (2005), PID Controllers for Time-Delay Systems, Boston: Birkhäuser.
  • Wang, Z.H. & Hu, H.Y. (2002), Dynamics of Controlled Mechanical Systems with Delayed Feedback, Springer Verlag.
  • Zítek, P. & Víteček, A. (1999), Návrh řízení podsystémů se zpožděními a nelinearitami, Praha: Vydavatelství ČVUT.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Mechatronics, Informatics and Interdisciplinary Studies Study plan (Version): Automatic Control and Applied Computer Science (2016) Category: Special and interdisciplinary fields 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Mechatronics, Informatics and Interdisciplinary Studies Study plan (Version): Mechatronics (2016) Category: Special and interdisciplinary fields 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer