The learning objectives of the study unit Control Engineering are that the student:
- can describe real world phenomena with the language of dynamical systems.
- understands the interplay between linear and nonlinear systems.
- understands main structural properties: stability, controllability, observability, impulse response, etc.
- can analyze certain classes of dynamical systems, in particular the main representations in the time domain, the Laplace domain and the frequency domain.
- can solve control engineering problems:
- knows how to address the solutions by relating real systems with their mathematical descriptions,
- and as such how to influence the behaviour of the real system.
- will be able to design controllers
- I) For linear single input, single output (SISO) systems these methods include root locus, Bode plots and Nyquist plots.
- II) For linear multiple input multiple output (MIMO) systems, these methods include state feedback and output feedback.
- III) In the case of non-linear MIMO systems you will be able to create linearizations of these systems using Lyapunov
Control theory is applied in every single field of engineering. It is inter-disciplinary and by learning control engineering, as a student you learn a universal engineering language. This is an abstract language, as it is not domain dependent. As a person, control theory will allow you to look at nature and human technology with a much deeper perspective. You will learn terminology, concepts and mathematical tools to better describe and explain our world. More specific, you will learn what a control engineering problem is and what its specifications mean. In the course we will focus on the design of controllers itself, and as such evaluate different control strategies such as feedback and feedforward.|
The exam will consist of two tests which will together be weighted (30% and 70%) to one grade. This combined grade needs to be 5.5 or higher to pass.
If not, there is one 100% re-sit which needs to be scored 5.5 or higher to pass as well. Irrespective, the number of ECs is 5.