Credits: 3


Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ENEE205; and minimum grade of C- in ENEE322; and must have earned a minimum grade of regular (letter) C- in all required 200-level ENEE courses; and permission of ENGR-Electrical & Computer Engineering department.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Engineering: Computer; Engineering: Electrical).
Credit only granted for: ENEE461, ENME461, or ENME489N.
Students will design, implement, and test controllers for a variety of systems. This will enhance their understanding of feedback control and familiarize them with the characteristics and limitations of real control devices. They will also complete a small project. This will entail writing a proposal, purchasing parts for their controller, building the system, testing it, and writing a final report describing what they have done.Prerequisite: permission of department. Cross-listed with ENME461. Credit granted for ENME461 or ENEE461.

Semesters Offered

Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the design and implementation of control systems for single-input single-output linear time-invariant systems
  • Understand and be able to use the laboratory techniques, tools, and practices of control engineering
  • Be able to report the results of their work in the laboratory accurately, in appropriate detail, and concisely
  • Be able to specify components, implement a control systems, test and debug it,  and appropriately report the results of a control design project

Topics Covered

  • PID control
  • Lead/Lag controller design
  • Modeling and identification of linear time-invariant systems
  • Implementation of control systems in a computer
  • Saturation and other nonlinearities in control systems
  • Techniques for understanding the effects of nonlinearity and compensating for it
  • The linear quadratic optimal regulator
  • Switching controllers