ESE 441: Control Systems

Spring 2014

Instructor Eric Sutton, Bryan 225, Homepage
Course Web Site
Course meeting times Monday & Wednesday 5:30 PM - 7:00PM in Lopata Hall, Room 101
Final exam Monday, May 5, 6:00 - 8:00 in Lopata, Room 101
Office hours M 4:30pm-5:30pm, W 4:30pm-5:30pm
Prerequisites ESE 351, MAE 417, or equivalents


Course Schedule


Course Description

Introduction to theory and practice of automatic control for continuous-time systems. Representations of the system: transfer function, block diagram, signal flow graph, differential state equation and output equation. Analysis of control system components. Transient and steady-state performance. System analysis: Routh-Hurwitz, root-locus, Nyquist, Bode plots. System design: PID controller, and lead-lag compensators, pole placement via state feedback, observer, stability margins in Nyquist and Bode plots. Emphasis on design principles and their implementation. Design exercises with a MATLAB package for specific engineering problems.

Texts & Reading Material


Late Policy

As a general rule, late work will not be accepted. Special arrangements, either due to emergencies or made well in advance, will be considered individually.



Homework 15%
Exam 1 25%
Exam 2 25%
Final 35%

Additional Materials

Disability Resources

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