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School of Engineering
Course unit
IN08101661, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0515, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track DELL'ENERGIA ELETTRICA [002PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CONTROL THEORY
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ALESSANDRO BEGHI ING-INF/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-INF/04 Automatics 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 A.A. 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 BEGHI ALESSANDRO (Presidente)
CARLI RUGGERO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No specific requirements. Familiarity with fundamentals of linear algebra (matrix operations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, base transformation, trace, determinant, inversion, exponential of matrix,..) and complex numbers (rectangular and polar representations, operations with complex numbers, Euler’s formula,..)
Target skills and knowledge: To be able to analyze the dynamics of a continuous time dynamic system both in the time domain and in the frequency domain, and to evaluate its performances (type, stead-state error, step response parameters ....)
To be able to synthesize a control device for applying it to a given plant.
To be able to test with Matlab the system performances before and after the controller synthesis.
Examination methods: Written test (estimated 3 hours) consisting of some numerical exercises (3 or 4) and possibly a theoretical question regarding the program taught during the classes.
Assessment criteria: The written test aims at evaluating the skills acquired by the students in:
- analysing the dynamics of a linear continuous-time I/O model, by solving linear, constant coefficients differential equations, or by using Laplace transforms and inverse transforms;
- plotting Bode and Nyquist plots of frequency responses;
- designing a proper stabilizing controller that allows to meet certain specifications, by resorting to frequency domain techniques;
- applying the aforementioned skills to simple physical systems.
Course unit contents: The study of the dynamics of a continuous time dynamic system both in the time domain and in the frequency domain, and the evaluation of its performances (type, stead-state error, step response parameters ....).
Frequency based techniques to synthesze a control device that leads a given system to exhibit the desired performances.
Controller design for a family of physical systems of practical interest.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: About 2/3 of the class is of theoretical flavor and is devoted to describe in detail the analysis, performances and control design for continuous-time linear I/O models. The remaining 1/3 is devoted to exercises, also using Matlab and Simulink simulations, discussion of practical examples.
The student is supposed to regularly attend the classes and to test his/her own comprehension by developing the tests and exercises that are weekly assigned.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The instructor will provide handouts and a collection of worked out exercises. The following textbooks can be used as complementary reading.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Franklin, Gene F.; Emami Naeini, Abbas; Powell, David J., Feedback control of dynamic systems. Upper Saddle River (NJ): Pearson, 2019. Cerca nel catalogo
  • M.Bisiacco, M.E. Valcher, Controlli Automatici. Padova: Libreria Progetto, 2015. II Edizione Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Matlab