Linear Feedback Controls - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128187784

Linear Feedback Controls

2nd Edition

The Essentials

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Authors: Mark Haidekker
Paperback ISBN: 9780128187784
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st June 2020
Page Count: 398
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Control systems are one of the most important engineering fields, and recent advances in microelectonics and microelectromechanical systems have made feedback controls ubiquitous – a simple cell phone, for example, can have dozens of feedback control systems. Recent research focuses on advanced controls, such as nonlinear systems, adaptive controls, or controls based on computer learning and artificial intelligence. Conversely, classical (linear) control theory is well established; yet, it provides the crucial foundation not only for advanced control topics, but also for the many everyday control systems ranging from cell phone backlight control to self-balancing hoverboard scooters. Linear Feedback Controls provides a comprehensive, yet compact introduction to classical control theory. The present Second Edition has been expanded to include important topics, such as state-space models and control robustness. Moreover, aspects of the practical realization have been significantly expanded with complete design examples and with typical building blocks for control systems.

The book is ideal for upper level students in electrical and mechanical engineering, for whom a course in Feedback Controls is usually required. Moreover, students in bioengineering, chemical engineering, and agricultural and environmental engineering can benefit from the introductory character and the practical examples, and the book provides an introduction or helpful refresher for graduate students and professionals.

Key Features

  • Focuses on the essentials of control fundamentals, system analysis, mathematical description and modeling, and control design to guide the reader
  • Illustrates how control theory is linked to design of control systems and their performance by introducing theoretical elements as tools in a designer’s toolbox
  • Guides the reader through the different analysis and design tools with strands of examples that weave throughout the book
  • Highlights both the design process and typical applications by presenting detailed practical examples and their realization and performance, complete with circuit diagrams and measured performance data


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

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Linear Feedback Controls
    2. Systems and Signals
    3. The Laplace- and Fourier-Transforms
    4. Time-Discrete Systems
    5. First Comprehensive Example: The Temperature-Controlled Waterbath
    6. A Tale of Two Poles: The Positioner Example and the Significance of the Poles in the s-plane
    7. State-Space Representation
    8. Block Diagrams and Signal Flow Graphs
    9. Linearization
    10. Stability Analysis for Linear Systems
    11. The Root-Locus Method
    12. Frequency-Domain Analysis and Design Methods
    13. Robustness
    14. Building Blocks of Linear Systems
    15. The PID Controller
    16. Design of Feedback Controls
    17. Design Examples


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About the Author

Mark Haidekker

Mark A. Haidekker is Professor at College of Engineering in the University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

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Professor, College of Engineering, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

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