Control Fundamentals 1 - Theory
30th April - 1st May 2008, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

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This two-day course provides training at an engineering level in Classical Control Theory and Control System Design. It is a generic course, not specific to any particular industry. The course concentrates on time and frequency domain analysis of linear control systems. PID control and tuning methods are also covered. Significant hands-on examples are used to reinforce the lectures. As with all of our courses discussions and questions are encouraged.

This is one of our most popular training courses. It is especially useful to those engineers who may not have had specific control theory teaching during their engineering education. It also provides an excellent refresher course in basic control engineering for practising engineers. A follow-on course (Control Fundamentals 2) covers additional practical topics, including digital control, non-linearities and system identification. As with all ACTC training courses discussions and questions will be encouraged.

Additional Information
Event Venue

The course will be held in Strathclyde University (map and travel directions).


The nearby hotels offer a wide range of accommodation, which we can recommend or book on your behalf.

Day 1: Introduction to Systems and Modelling
08.30 Registration
09.00 Introduction to the Course - "The Need for Control"
09.30 Linear Systems and Transfer Functions
10.45 Tea/Coffee
11.00 Frequency Response Analysis Techniques
12.30 Lunch
13.15 Linear and Nonlinear Modelling and Simulation
14.00 Hands-On: Introduction to Modelling and Simulation Software Tools
15.15 Tea/Coffee
15.30 Hands-On: Modelling for Control Design
17.00 Close
Day 2: Classical Control Design
09.00 Fundamentals of Control Design
10.15 Hands-On: Control Fundamentals
11.15 Tea/Coffee
11.30 Introduction to PID Controller and Tuning Methods
12.30 Lunch
13.15 Introduction to PID Controller and Tuning Methods (Cont.)
14.30 Hands-On: PID Controller Tuning
15.00 Tea/Coffee
15.15 Root Locus and Lead-Lag Compensation
16.00 Implementation Issues for Controllers
16.45 Close