Essentials of Control Techniques and Theory

John Billingsley

© 2009 - CRC Press
Published November 10, 2009
Reference - 339 Pages - 122 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420091236 - CAT# 91239

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  • Shows how to model a real system by deriving equations, turning them into computer code, and interacting with the simulations in real time
  • Explains the classical frequency-domain theory
  • Explores the shortcomings of simple linear control of systems with limited input range
  • Highlights the difference between the neat results for academic papers and those for practical systems that must resist extreme disturbances
  • Provides software simulation examples and other material on the book’s website

Pedagogical Features

  • Makes key concepts and the mathematics accessible to students using a highly approachable style and concise explanations
  • Includes plenty of practical examples of everyday devices

A solutions manual is available to instructors with qualifying course adoptions.


Carefully separating the essential from the ornamental, Essentials of Control Techniques and Theory presents the nuts and bolts for designing a successful controller. It discusses the theory required to support the art of designing a working controller as well as the various aspects to convince a client, employer, or examiner of your expertise.

A Compelling Account of the Basics of Control Theory
Control solutions for practicing engineers

Using the author’s own Javascript On-Line Learning Interactive Environment for Simulation (Jollies), the text relies on computer-based graphical analysis methods, such as Nyquist, Nichols, root locus, and phase-plane, to illustrate how useful computer simulation can be for analyzing both linear and nonlinear systems. It explains step-by-step the design and modeling of various control systems, including discrete time systems and an inverted pendulum. Along with offering many web-based simulations, the book shows how mathematics, such as vectors, matrices, and the differential equations that govern state variables, can help us understand the concepts that underpin the controller’s effects.

From frequency domain analysis to time-domain state-space representation, this book covers many aspects of classical and modern control theory. It presents important methods for designing and analyzing linear systems and controllers.


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