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Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2015/16
01PDXOV, 01PDXND, 01PDXQW
Modern design of control systems
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Computer Engineering - Torino
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Energy And Nuclear Engineering - Torino
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Mechatronic Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Years teaching
Cerone Vito ORARIO RICEVIMENTO AC ING-INF/04 40 0 20 6
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-INF/04 6 C - Affini o integrative Attività formative affini o integrative
Esclusioni:
01PDC; 04CFI; 01OUV; 01NNE
Subject fundamentals
The course is taught in English.

One of the most useful qualities of a properly designed feedback control system is robustness, i.e., the ability of the closed-loop system to perform satisfactorily despite large variations in the (open-loop) plant dynamics. The aim of the course is to provide methodologies and tools for the analysis and design of robust feedback control systems.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of this course, students will gain the following knowledge and skill:
- Knowledge of the concept of a dynamical system together with its mathematical representations such as state equations and transfer functions.
- Skill in deriving mathematical models of linear dynamical systems.
- Skill in computing the solution of the system state equations.
- Skill in evaluating the behaviour of a dynamical system through numeric simulation.
- Knowledge of structural properties (stability, reachability, observability) of dynamical systems
- Skill in studying the structural properties of dynamical systems.
- Knowledge of the concept of feedback control of dynamical systems.
- Knowledge of the main performance requirements of feedback systems.
- Knowledge of the main analysis techniques in the frequency domain for the study of stability and performance of feedback control systems.
- Skill in analyzing stability and performance of feedback control systems.
- Knowledge of the design techniques of feedback controllers based on lead and lag functions.
- Skill in designing feedback controllers for single input single output systems through lead, lag and PID functions.
- Skill in evaluating the behaviour and performance of controlled systems through numerical simulation.
- Knowledge of unstructured uncertainty models.
- Skill in deriving weighting functions from performance specifications.
- Knowledge of nominal and robust stability; nominal and robust performance.
- Skill in the study of nominal and robust stability; nominal and robust performance.
- Knowledge of the theory of robust control through H_infinity norm minimization.
- Skill in the design of controllers through H_infinity norm minimization.
- Knowledge of structured uncertainty modelling and the generalized plant.
- Skill in representing structured uncertainty.
- Skill in deriving the generalized plant.
- Knowledge of robust stability and robust performance analysis through structured singular values.
- Skill in the analysis of robust stability and robust performance through structured singular values.
- Knowledge of Mu-bounds computation
- Basic Knowledge of mu-synthesis.
- Skill in the computation of mu-bounds.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Knowledge of differential and integral calculus of vector valued real functions. Basic results of complex numbers, functions of a complex variable, the Laplace transform and a good knowledge of linear algebra and the theory of polynomial and rational functions. Linear system theory. Knowledge of basic feedback control systems analysis and design. Skill in the design of controllers in the frequency domain. Basic skill of Matlab and Simulink.
Contents
Course organization. Prerequisites. Course description. Exam rules. Major topics and course outline (1.5 hr).
Control problem formulation and systems representations (3 hr).
Internal stability and Bibo stability (1.5 hr).
Frequency response representations (Bode plot and polar plot) and Nyquist stability criterion (6 hr).
Feedback control systems steady-state response to polynomial references and disturbances, and to sinusoidal disturbances (6 hr).
Transient requirements translation and the Nichols chart (1.5 hr).
Frequency domain controllers design through loop-shaping (3 hr).
Performance specifications and weighting functions (4.5 hr).
Unstructured uncertainty models (4.5 hr).
Nominal and robust stability; nominal and robust performance (4.5 hr).
Robust control through H_infinity norm minimization (6 hr).
Structured uncertainty modelling and the generalized plant (6 hr)
Robust stability and robust performance analysis through structured singular values (7.5 hr).
Mu-bounds computation and introduction to mu-synthesis (3 hr).
Exam simulation: guidelines and solution (1.5 hr).
Delivery modes
Theoretical and methodological lessons will be delivered, on a weekly scheduled basis, by face-to-face instruction in the classroom. Computer laboratory activities are scheduled in order to develop the student’s skill through proper training. Each student is supposed to practice individually with the aid of laboratory work stations. The primary purpose of the laboratory exercises is to apply the methodologies presented in class, through the use of MATLAB, Simulink and the Control System Toolbox. During the last two weeks of the course will be offered two exam simulations in the laboratory
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Selected chapters from:
(a) S. Skogestad and I. Postlethwaite, Multivariable feedback Control, John Wiley and Sons, 2010.
(b) J. Doyle, B. Francis and A. Tannenbaum, Feedback Control Theory, 1992.

Lecture slides will be available as well as laboratory practice handouts.
Assessment and grading criteria
Written examination in computer laboratory: based on computer aided analysis and design of a feedback control system, adequately documented through a written report. More precisely, it is required to (A) Understand and translate the design specifications into suitable weighting functions (12 - 14 points); (B) Design a controller that guarantees fulfillment of the assigned requirements, through H_\infinity optimization (6 - 8 points); (C) Report the obtained performance of the designed feedback control system (5 - 7 points); (D) Carry out mu-analysis to study robust stability and/or robust performance of the designed control system against structured uncertainty (5 - 7 points); (E) Provide orderly and clear presentation with legible handwriting (2 points). During the examination, lasting 4 hours, the student may consult the lecture slides provided by the teacher. Detailed instructions and rules will be presented in due course.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2015/16
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