ENME462: Automatic Control Theory

Course Details

3 credits

2 x 50-minute lectures / week

1 x 110-minute MATLAB studio / week


This course explores the fundamental concepts of control theory, including:
1. Using Laplace transform methods to manipulate and solve models of linear dynamic systems
2. Analyzing the stability, transient, and steady-state behavior of linear dynamic systems
3. Designing and optimizing linear feedback controllers using time and frequency domain design procedures to satisfy specific performance specifications
4. Using computer-aided analysis and design tools (Matlab, Python)

Arduino-based, PID-controlled, 1 degree of freedom fan trainer. Motor/propeller speed modulated via Arduino PWM with a NPN transistor. 10k potentiometer used as feedback sensor. Data displayed real-time in Processing and saved to .csv for later analysis.