Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand. Optional for: C4, C4ssr, D4, D4is, D4ssr, E4, E4ra, F4, F4ssr, M4me, Pi4. Course coordinator: Dr Johan Åkesson, and Professor Karl-Erik Årzén,, Automatic Control. Prerequisites: FRT010 Automatic Control. Basic Course. The course might be cancelled if the number of applicants is less than 8. The number of participants is limited to 15 Selection criteria: The criteria that will be used to select is the credits taken within control courses. Assessment: Accepted project. Home page:

The aim of the course is to establish and develop the student's knowledge of automatic control in the form of a practical project. The project contains several of the typical phases in a control design project: modelling, identification, analysis, synthesis, and computer implementation.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Modelling is often an important and time consuming part of an industrial control project. It is also important to describe the fundamental limitations given by the dynamics in sensors and actuators, and by measurement noise and actuator limitations. The course projects are typically performed on real model processes available at the department. In some cases the experiments are done at another department or in industry. The control design is first developed for a mathematical model. Software tools are used during the modelling, design, and simulation, and during the implementation. Some examples of model processes that may be used in the projects are inverted pendulums, model helicopters, quadruple tank processes, and industrial robots. Lego Mindstorm NXT is often used as an implementation platform.

Project meetings are held regularly during the course. In the project the students must search for knowledge and information independently. In some cases regular seminars or guest lecturers are included in the course. The projects results and experiences are reported both in written and oral form.

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