Control Fundamentals

9th - 11th July 2013

This training course is open to all but employees of ACTC member companies, are entitled to two places free of charge. There is a fee for employees of companies that are not ACTC members. Special "early bird" rates are avaliable for registrations received 4 weeks before the course start date (see online registration form). We can also offer a 10% discount for booking 4 or more places (whether it is on one course or spread over 2 - 4 courses), Note that all courses offered can also be provided at your company premises through special arrangements, please contact us for more information..

Registration is required. Please ensure the payment details section of the form is completed.


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. The lectures are reinforced by hands-on simulation and design examples that provide practical experience of the concepts covered.

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.

Additional Information
Event Venue

This course will be held in the Park Inn by Radison, 139-141 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2JJ. Tel: 0141 221 1211


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Day 1: Linear Systems Models
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 with demonstrations
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 Session - Discrete Time Systems
16.15 Nonlinear Systems and their Control incl. Linearization
17.30 CLOSE