Controls Systems Exam
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Examiner: Dr. M. Sami Fadali, firstname.lastname@example.org
The exam topics are covered in most texts for a first course on Control Systems. Examples of suitable texts are:
- N. S. Nise, Control Systems Engineering, J. Wiley, NY, 2008.
- R. C. Dorf, R. H. Bishop, Modern Control Systems, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2005.
- K. Ogata, Modern Control Engineering, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2002.
- The duration of the exam is three hours.
- The exam is open book. Nevertheless, it is recommended that each student compile a formula sheet for use during the exam.
- The use of MATLAB is allowed unless otherwise indicated in the exam question.
The exam covers modeling, analysis and control of engineering systems. The student may be asked to:
- Formulate mathematical models for dynamical systems (electrical, mechanical and electromechanical systems). This includes obtaining input-output differential equations, transfer functions and block diagrams, and state equations
- Linearize nonlinear systems
- Obtain the response of a system to standard inputs (step, ramp, parabolic) using differential equations, transfer functions or state equations
- Determine the stability status of a given system (Routh-Hurwitz criterion, Nyquist criterion)
- Design compensators for analog plants using s-domain and frequency domain methods
- Obtain z-transfer functions or state equations for discrete-time systems