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Control System Design Guide

Using Your Computer to Understand and Diagnose Feedback Controllers

Control Systems Design Guide has helped thousands of engineers to improve machine performance. This fourth edition of the practical guide has been updated with cutting-edge control design scenarios, models and simulations enabling apps from battlebots to solar collectors.

This useful reference enhances coverage of practical applications via the inclusion of new control system models, troubleshooting tips, and expanded coverage of complex systems requirements, such as increased speed, precision and remote capabilities, bridging the gap between the complex, math-heavy control theory taught in formal courses, and the efficient implementation required in real industry settings.

George Ellis is Director of Technology Planning and Chief Engineer of Servo Systems at Kollmorgen Corporation, a leading provider of motion systems and components for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) around the globe. He has designed an applied motion control systems professionally for over 30 years He has written two well-respected books with Academic Press, Observers in Control Systems and Control System Design Guide, now in its fourth edition. He has contributed articles on the application of controls to numerous magazines, including Machine Design, Control Engineering, Motion Systems Design, Power Control and Intelligent Motion, and Electronic Design News.


Mechanical, electrical and industrial design engineers, and students preparing to enter these disciplines.

Hardbound, 520 Pages

Published: May 2012

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-385920-4


  • "…the new addition in this edition, rapid control prototyping for a motion system, [is] both timely and useful in smoothing the transition from simulation to an embedded, hardware solution."  -Zhiqiang Gao, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Advanced Control Technologies, Cleveland State University


  • Preface and Acknowledgments
    Important Safety Guidelines for Readers
    Chapter 1. Introduction to Controls
    Chapter 2. The Frequency Domain
    Chapter 3. Tuning a Control System 
    Chapter 4. Delay in Digital Controllers 
    Chapter 5. The z-Domain
    Chapter 6. Six Types of Controllers 
    Chapter 7. Disturbance Response 
    Chapter 8. Feed-Forward 
    Chapter 9. Filters in Control Systems 
    Chapter 10. Introduction to Observers in Control Systems
    Chapter 11. Introduction to Modeling
    Chapter 12. Nonlinear Behavior and Time Variation
    Chapter 13. Model Development and Verification
    Chapter 14. Encoders and Resolvers 
    Chapter 15. Basics of the Electric Servomotor and Drive 
    Chapter 16. Compliance and Resonance 
    Chapter 17. Position-Control Loops 
    Chapter 18. Using the Luenberger Observer in Motion Control 
    Chapter 19. Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) for a Motion System


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