ECE 38200 - Feedback System Analysis and Design

Course Details

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 3

Counts as:

  • EE Advanced Selective
  • CMPE Complementary Elective

Normally Offered:

Each Fall, Spring


On-campus only


ECE 30100

Catalog Description:

In this course classical concepts of feedback system analysis and associated compensation techniques are presented. In particular, the root locus, Bode diagram and Nyquist plot are used as determinants of stability.

Course Objectives:

After completion of this course the student should be able to construct a block diagram, signal flow graph and mathematical model for a lumped parameter physical system consisting of some common mechanical and electrical components. The student should be able to perform sensitivity and stability analyses of such systems, to design cascade and feedforward compensators for such systems to meet standard specifications on the transient and frequency response and to use the digital computer to check if the specifications are met.

Required Text(s):

  1. Modern Control Engineering , 5th Edition , K. Ogata , Prentice Hall , 2009 , ISBN No. 9780136156734

Recommended Text(s):


Learning Outcomes:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
  1. an ability to obtain mathematical models of simple electrical and mechanical systems. [1]
  2. an ability to construct block diagrams and signal flow graphs of system interconnections. [1]
  3. an ability to perform stability and sensitivity analyses of linear time-invariant feedback systems. [1]
  4. an ability to design compensators to meet specifications in time or frequency domain. [1,2]
  5. an ability to use computer-aided tools for control system analysis and design. [1,2]

Lecture Outline:

Lectures Topics
1-4 Introduction and mathematical background
5-7 Transfer functions, block diagrams and signal flowgraphs
8-12 Mathematical modeling of physical systems; analogous systems
13-15 Time domain performance specification and steady-state error
16 Test #1
17-19 Routh-Hurwitz stability
20-24 Root locus
25 Test #2
26-32 Frequency domain analysis: Bode plot and Nyquist plot
33 Test #3
34-39 Time domain design - Root locus
40-45 Frequency domain design - Bode

Engineering Design Content:

  • Establishment of Objectives and Criteria
  • Synthesis
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation

Assessment Method:

Exams, Design Homework problems