Advanced Engineering Analysis introduces students to the theory and application of automatic control systems in a mechanical engineering context. The concept of open and closed loop control is introduced followed by properties of time-invariant systems,   Transfer Functions in the Laplace domain, system stability transient response, frequency response (Bode plots), feedback control design and errors, control strategies (PID control) and root locus analysis. Practical aspects of design of stable controllers in various automatic control systems are studied as well as systematic analysis of behaviour of engineering systems, including their automatic control. Students work collaboratively in a project exposing them to generic analytical skills and methods relevant to contemporary engineering practice engaging them in authentic practical applications in the analysis of various generic engineering systems.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
NEM4202

Prerequisites

NEM3101 - Engineering Analysis and Modelling

NEM3101 PLUS Completion of 288 credit points.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Describe and interpret the design process for a control system and analyse its behaviour;  
  2. Develop and justify appropriate mathematical model for dynamical and control systems;  
  3. Analyse the performance and stability of single-input - single-output electromechanical systems;  
  4. Design, evaluate and optimise real-time feedback control systems using PID control strategies; and  
  5. Work in teams to implement and evaluate real-time feedback control systems on an electro-mechanical device.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Tests (two open book tests) 40%
Project Project-based reports. Assessment undertaken in groups (hurdle) 60%
The project is a hurdle assessment as it is the only task that assesses LO 4 and 5.

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