Technical Cybernetics

Holders: Assoc. Prof. Podržaj Primož

Subject description

Prerequisites:

Mathematics (differential and integral calculus, complex numbers, Fourier series and integral, ordinary differential equations)

Physics (basic laws of mechanics, electricity and magnetism)

Electrical engineering (fundamental circuit elements (RLC), static in dynamic analysis of RLC circuits)

Test and measurement (sensors: physical principles of operation, mathematical models)

The execution of study obligations is defined in the Rules on testing and grading the knowledge of students at UL FS.

In order to pass and successfully execute the study obligations and participate in study work, the students are advised to regularly attend the lectures and exercises (at least 80 % presence), to prepare adequately for laboratory exercises and actively participate at the exercises. The condition for admission to exam is a passing grade for the exercises.

Content (Syllabus outline):

  • Historical overview of control systems and the development of the underlying mathematical description
  • Block diagram representation of complex system, block diagram algebra
  • Time domain system analysis
  • Frequency domain system analysis
  • Stability of linear, time invariant systems
  • PID control algorithm
  • System design

Objectives and competences:

The course goal is to acquaint the students with the theoretical and practical foundations of closed-loop computer control of continuous mechatronic systems.

Competences:

Upon the successful completion of this course, the students will:

  • be able to derive the models of systems in the form of transfer functions,
  • be able to analyze the dynamics of a system
  • understand the requirements and specifications of control systems and will be able to set them up and use them,
  • will be able to systematically design controllers which ensure the specified requirements and system specifications are met,
  • learn to practically realize a controller with a microcontroller/PLC and test its operation,

Intended learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding

Upon the completion of study obligations, the student will:

  • understand the basic concepts, definitions and professional terminology in the field of control engineering,
  • be able to derive the models of control systems in the form of transfer functions,
  • be able to analyze the dynamics of control systems,
  • understand the requirements and specifications of such systems and will be able to set them up and use them,
  • will be able to systematically design controllers which ensure the specified requirements and system specifications are met,
  • learn to practically realize a controller with a microcomputer/microcontroller and test its operation in the practice,

Usage

The students will be qualified to use the theoretical knowledge in analyzing and designing closed-loop control systems. They will use software tools for modeling and simulation of complex systems. The obtained knowledge represents a foundation for further studies in the wider field of Mechatronics.

Reflection

Integrating the theoretical and applied knowledge with the skills and experience gathered at the laboratory exercises, the students will be able to:

  • identify developmental problems in the field of mechatronics, which can be solved using control systems,
  • transfer and use the mastered solutions on similar cases in the real industrial environment.

Transferrable skills – related to more than one course

The ability to work in teams and communicate with the professionals from other disciplines (mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, information technology and computer science). The ability to find and use the literature describing the use and operation of software tools. The ability to quickly master and use new software tools. The ability to present the results of own work in oral and written form. Taking care of safety at work and environmental protection.

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