Control Fundamentals - Theory & Practice
20th & 21st July 2010, Glasgow

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This two-day course introduces the basic control engineering concepts in terms of Linear Systems Models, Classical Control Theory and Practical Aspects in Control. The course presents analysis of a linear control system in terms of stability and performance. In addition, Classical Control Method such as PID controller (including tuning methods), lead-lag and root locus are also covered. Significant hands-on examples are used to reinforce the lectures.

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. As with all ACTC training courses discussions and questions will be encouraged.

Day 1 - Introduction to Systems and Modeling
09.15 Introduction to the Course - "The Need for Control"
10.00 Linear Systems and their representation (Transfer Function and State Space Models)
11.30 Frequency Response Analysis (Bode, Nichols and Nyquist)
12.30 LUNCH
13.15 Hands-on Session: Introduction to Matlab/Simulink and Linear Systems Representation
14.30 Fundamentals of Modelling, System Identification and Simulation
15.45 Hands-On Session: Modelling for Controller Design
17.00 CLOSE
Day 2 - Classical Control Design and Practical Aspect
09.00 Fundamentals of Feedback Control Design
10.00 Hands-On Session: Control Fundamentals
11.00 PID Controller Design and Simple Tuning Methods
12.30 LUNCH
13.15 Hands-On Session: PID Control Design and Tuning
14.00 Frequency Domain Control Design (incl. Lead-Lag & Root Locus Compensation)
14.45 Enhanced Control Designs
16.00 Discrete-Time Modelling and Control Representation
17.00 CLOSE