ME 436 Mechanical Engineering Control
Fall 1999

Description:Modeling, identification, and feedback control of dynamic systems. Utilization of both classical and state feedback control for mechanical engineering systems. Concept of system stability and it's determination.

Textbook: Shearer, J. L., Murphy, A. T. and Richardson, H. H., Introduction to Dynamic Systems, 1971, Addison Wesley

Course Staff
Coordinator Graduate Assistant
Dr. Kambiz Farhang Alan Pilch
Engineering E 0019 Engineering B 0055
MWF 2:00 - 3:00pm T 2:00 - 4:00pm
R 2:00 - 3:00pm
(618) 453-7002 (618) 453-2022

Web Page:

  1. Overview of control systems; linearization; types of control systems
  2. Mechanical, Electrical, Thermal, and Fluid systems
  3. Block diagram and transfer function concept
  4. stability
  5. Laplace and inverse Laplace transformations
  6. Transfer functions; mechanical/electromechanical systems
  7. Stability; Routh-Hurwitz criterion
  8. Stability of first-, second-, and higher-order systems
  9. Steady-state equations and steady-state error
  10. The Root Locus; the angle and magnitude criteria
  11. Root Locus sketching
  12. The frequency response; Nyquist diagrams
  13. Nyquist stability criterion
  14. The frequency response; Bode plots
  15. System compensation; passive and active series, parallel, and inner-loop compensation
  16. Introduction to modern control theory
Grading Policy: (Updated 17-Sep-99)
Quizzes20%, 6 total, drop the lowest
Midterm Exam15%
Final Exam25%

Franklin, G. F., Powell, J. D., and Emami-Naeini, A., Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems, 1991, 2nd Ed., Addison-Wesley.
Warwick, K., Control Systems, An Introduction, Prentice-Hall, 1989.
Hale, F. J., Introduction to Control System Analysis and Design, Prentice-Hall, Inc.