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IN10103342, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
IN2374, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination FUNDAMENTALS OF CONTROL THEORY
Department of reference Department of Information Engineering
E-Learning website
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 AUGUSTO FERRANTE ING-INF/04

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

Course unit organization
Period First 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 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of: linear algebra, mathematical analysis, signal and systems, electrical circuits and physics.
Target skills and knowledge: At the end of the course the student will have developed the basic knowledge on the following aspects of Systems Engineering:
1. Construction of the mathematical model from Physics equations.
2. Analysis, both in the time and in the frequency domains, of linear, time-invariant, SISO dynamical systems.
3. Main techniques for designing control systems.
4. Use of dedicated software tools.
Examination methods: Midterm and final written exams.
Assessment criteria: 1. Ability of solving problems on analysis and synthesis of digital control systems with attention to stability and to other important engineering aspects of the discipline.
2. Ability of presenting the proposed solutions clearly and with precision and of justifying each statement with sound arguments.
3. Ability of rigorously proving the fundamentals results of the discipline.
4. Correctness of the logical steps justifying the answers.
Course unit contents: Introduction to control systems design. Basics of continuous-time, LTI systems theory. Modeling of electrical, mechanical, and electromechanical systems. State-space models and their linearization. First- and second-order systems. Control requirements in the time domain and in the frequency domain. Connections of systems. Feedback connection and its properties. Sensitivity function, system type, steady-state performance. Stability of feedback control systems. The Routh Criterion. The root locus and its application to controller design. PID controllers. Frequency response, Bode and Nyquist diagrams. The Nyquist stability Criterion. Stability margins. Controller synthesis in the frequency domain. Introduction to the Matlab/Simulink simulation environment.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will mainly consists of blackboard lectures in which the basic notions on the analysis of dynamical systems and on the synthesis of control systems will be illustrated. Some lectures on the usage of matlab and simulink software will be performed by using computer and projector.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Notes and reading material will be available in the course site.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • A. Ferrante, A. Lepschy, U. Viaro, Introduzione ai Controlli Automatici. Torino: Citta` Studi, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving

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

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