Computer-Aided Control Systems Design

Computer-Aided Control Systems Design: Practical Applications Using MATLAB® and Simulink®

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  • Documents the process of applying control methods to practical industry systems using MATLAB® and Simulink®
  • Explores industry applications with case studies that focus on power systems and underwater robotic vehicles
  • Includes step-by-step guidance on MATLAB and Simulink to achieve control system design results
  • Offers guidance to help engineers deal with practical control problems in industry
  • Includes more than 440 illustrations to aid in reader comprehension


Computer-Aided Control Systems Design: Practical Applications Using MATLAB® and Simulink® supplies a solid foundation in applied control to help you bridge the gap between control theory and its real-world applications. Working from basic principles, the book delves into control systems design through the practical examples of the ALSTOM gasifier system in power stations and underwater robotic vehicles in the marine industry. It also shows how powerful software such as MATLAB® and Simulink® can aid in control systems design.

Make Control Engineering Come Alive with Computer-Aided Software

Emphasizing key aspects of the design process, the book covers the dynamic modeling, control structure design, controller design, implementation, and testing of control systems. It begins with the essential ideas of applied control engineering and a hands-on introduction to MATLAB and Simulink. It then discusses the analysis, model order reduction, and controller design for a power plant and the modeling, simulation, and control of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for pipeline tracking. The author explains how to obtain the ROV model and verify it by using computational fluid dynamic software before designing and implementing the control system. In addition, the book details the nonlinear subsystem modeling and linearization of the ROV at vertical plane equilibrium points. Throughout, the author delineates areas for further study. Appendices provide additional information on various simulation models and their results.

Learn How to Perform Simulations on Real Industry Systems

A step-by-step guide to computer-aided applied control design, this book supplies the knowledge to help you deal with control problems in industry. It is a valuable reference for anyone who wants a better understanding of the theory and practice of basic control systems design, analysis, and implementation.

Table of Contents

An Overview of Applied Control Engineering
Historical Review
Computer-Aided Control System Design
Control System Fundamentals
Examples of Control Systems
Control Systems Design

Introduction to MATLAB and Simulink
What is MATLAB and Simulink.
Solving a Differential Equation
Simulink-Closed-Loop Control System Design

Analysis and Control of ALSTOM Gasifier Problem
Gasifier System Description and Notation
Inherent Properties Analysis
Control Structure Design
Gasifier System Analysis
Model Order Reduction (MOR)
Linear Quadratic Regulator (LQR)
Linear Quadratic Gaussian (LQG)
H-Infinity Optimization
H2 Optimization
Comparison of Controllers
Comparison of All Controllers

Modeling of a Remotely Operated Vehicle
Background of the URV
Basic Design of a ROV and Tasks Undertaken
Need for ROV Control
Dynamic Equation Using the Newtonian Method
Kinematics Equation and Earth-Fixed Frame Equation
Perturbed RRC ROV Model
Verification of ROV Model

Control of a Remotely Operated Vehicle
Nonlinear ROV Subsystem Model
Linear ROV Subsystem Model
Nonlinear ROV Control Systems Design
Linear ROV Control Systems Design



Appendix A1: State-Space Matrices for ALSTOM Gasifier System (Linear)
Appendix A2: LQR Simulation Model and Results
Appendix A3: LQG Simulation Model
Appendix A4: LQG/LTR Simulation Model and Results
Appendix A5: H2 Simulation Model and Results
Appendix A6: H∞ Simulation Model and Results


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Editorial Reviews

"The unique feature of this book is its practical application of remotely operated vehicles and the ALSTOM gasifier, which gives insight into the mathematical procedures of MATLAB and Simulink as powerful simulation tools. ... This excellent book can be used as reference text for undergraduate or postgraduate students. ... it bridges the gap between academic theory and industrial applications. The examples are concise and yet easy to understand."

—Dr. Ivan CK Tam, Newcastle University, Singapore

"This book shows good practical examples on the coding used for control systems design, analysis, and implementations using MATLAB and Simulink."

—Rongxin Cui, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China

"This book, by providing examples in important applications for simulation-based experimentation and simulation-based experience in applied control engineering, is a valuable addition to the literature. It reflects where our knowledge is firm enough to provide mathematical description of systems as well as design, simulation, analysis and implementation of control systems. Areas where the knowledge is yet shallow are targeted for future studies. This book provides a fertile delineation of areas needing attention. It is written for those who may be already familiar with or newly exposed to the concepts associated with applied control engineering. It will be most useful for researchers, engineers, faculty, and students."

—From the Foreword by Dr. Tuncer Ören, University of Ottawa, Canada

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