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Linear Feedback Controls

The Essentials

The design of control systems is at the very core of engineering. Feedback controls are ubiquitous, ranging from simple room thermostats to airplane engine control. Helping to make sense of this wide-ranging field, this book provides a new approach by keeping a tight focus on the essentials with a limited, yet consistent set of examples. Analysis and design methods are explained in terms of theory and practice. The book covers classical, linear feedback controls, and linear approximations are used when needed. In parallel, the book covers time-discrete (digital) control systems and juxtaposes time-continuous and time-discrete treatment when needed. One chapter covers the industry-standard PID control, and one chapter provides several design examples with proposed solutions to commonly encountered design problems.

The book is ideal for upper level students in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biological/biomedical engineering, chemical engineering and agricultural and environmental engineering and provides a helpful refresher or introduction for graduate students and professionals

Advanced undergraduate and graduate students as well as professionals  in the fields of electrical, mechanical, biological/biomedical, chemical, agricultural and environmental engineering.

Hardbound, 282 Pages

Published: July 2013

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-12-405875-0


  • "Contending that nonlinear control theory is a completely separate field, Hadekker focuses on linear systems to describe the core areas of classical feedback control systems, including the mathematical tools needed for control analysis and design."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013


  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Linear Feedback Controls

    Chapter 2: Systems and Signals

    Chapter 3: Solving Differential Equations in the Laplace Domain

    Chapter 4: Time-Discrete Systems

    Chapter 5: Two-Point Control Systems

    Chapter 6: First Comprehensive Example:The Temperature-Controlled Waterbath

    Chapter 7: Laplace-and z-Domain Description of theWater bath Example

    Chapter 8: Block Diagrams:Formal Graphical Description of Linear Systems

    Chapter 9: Linearization of Nonlinear Components

    Chapter 10: A Tale of Two Poles:The Positioner Example and the Significance of the Poles in the s-Plane

    Chapter 11: Stability Analysis

    Chapter 12: Frequency-Domain Analysis and Design Methods

    Chapter 13: The Root Locus Method

    Chapter 14: The PID Controller

    Chapter 15: Design Examples


    Laplace Correspondence Tables

    Z-Transform Correspondence Tables

    Introduction to Operational Amplifiers

    Relevant Scilab Commands



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