Engineering and design

Advanced Topics in Control of Electromechanical Systems

Module code: 866H1
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

This module aims to provide a thorough introduction to key concepts underlying advanced topics in control of electomechanical systems' analysis and design. Your learning experience is reinforced by using typical engineering applications (electromechanical), and examples stemming from both the macro- and micro-world to emphasise particular difference in the design procedure. 

Topics will normally include the following:

  • classical to advanced control – a systems perspective, uncertainty, sensitivity and robustness and motivation for robust control, robust stability and performance, advanced loop-shaping control approaches, the role of model-based estimation and reliability
  • the need for nonlinear control – nonlinearities in control design problems, nonlinear control stability and the role of Lyapunov functions, introduction to nonlinear control design methods
  • application examples – electrical drives, active suspensions and electrostatic micro-actuators (control issues in the microworld).

Pre-requisite

H6104 Systems Analysis and Control

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate systematic understanding of robust control in the context of electrical engineering in particular on electromechanical systems
  • Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of nonlinear control in the context electrical engineering in particular on electromechanical systems
  • Gain critical awareness of typical problems in the control of electromechanical systems and related solutions via advanced control
  • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate advanced control techniques and ability to judge the appropriateness for use in a given application