Control Fundamentals - Theory & Practice

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This three 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 Modelling
8.45 Registration
9.00 Introduction to the Course - "The Need for Control"
09.45 Transfer Functions Representation of Linear Systems
10.45 State-Space Representation of Linear Systems
11.15 Frequency Response Analysis (Bode, Nichols and Nyquist)
12.15 LUNCH
13.00 Hands-On Session: Introduction to Matlab/Simulink and Linear System 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
09.00 Fundamentals of Feedback Control Design (Performance, Stability & Disturbance Rejection)
10.00 Hands-On Session - Control Fundamentals
11.00 Introduction to PID Controller and Tuning Methods
12.15 LUNCH
13.00 Introduction to PID Controller and Tuning Methods (continued)
13.30 Hands-On Session PID Controller Tuning
15.00 Implementation Issues and Time Delay Compensation
15.45 Hands-On Session Practical Aspects in COntrol
17.00 CLOSE
Day 3 - Practical Aspects in Control
09.00 Frequency Domain Control Design - Lead-Lag Compensation
10.30 Hands-on Frequency Domain Control Design
11.30 Feedback Control Design using Root Locus incl. demo
12.30 LUNCH
13.15 Control System Strategies Feedforward/Feedback control, Cascade, etc
14.15 Discrete Time Systems and Control Representation
15.30 Hands-on - Discrete Time Systems
16.15 Nonlinear Systems and their Control incl. Linearization
17.30 CLOSE